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Iraqi govt accredits all public universities in Kurdistan Region

By Rudaw 19/7/2018
Students from Soran University attend a graduation ceremony. Photo: Soran University
Students from Soran University attend a graduation ceremony. Photo: Soran University
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi government has recognized and accredited all public universities in the Kurdistan Region, according to a statement from the KRG’s higher education ministry. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s minister for higher education met with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad on July 18. 

In the meeting, Dr Abdulrazaq Abduljalil Hisi, the Iraqi minister of higher education, said his ministry recognizes all the state universities in the Kurdistan Region. The ministry made its decision without having sent an auditing committee to inspect the universities.

“Without sending any committees to these universities, we recognize them directly and will deal with them just like other universities,” Hisi said.

The universities of Zakho, Soran, Garmian, Raparin, Halabja, UKH, and the Medical Board, will no longer have accreditation problems in Baghdad.

In turn, the KRG has agreed to recognize private universities operating in disputed areas.

“Today is historic because we will be supervising the development of higher education throughout Iraq together,” Hisi said in the meeting.

Dr Yusif Goran, the KRG minister of higher education, said: “The universities should get outside the local and regional box and reach international standards.” 

In the meeting, a decision was also made for the Iraqi and Kurdish ministries of higher education to dedicate a number of bachelor seats in Iraqi and Kurdish universities every year as an exchange program.

Hisi also showed his ministry’s readiness to establish the KRG’s higher education representation office in the cultural representation office in Iraqi embassies abroad.

In an attempt to develop Kurdish language and literature programs in Iraqi universities, Goran decided to dedicate five MA and two PhD scholarship programs to the Iraqi ministry of higher education’s Kurdish departments.

In the meeting, a decision was made to form a joint committee to establish a council for quality assurance and accreditation. The Iraqi and Kurdish counterparts also signed a memorandum of understanding in academic matters.


Hishyar Zaxoy | 19/7/2018
That is really good news. They can now find jobs in Basrah.
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/7/2018
The cooperation in the field of education as well as in politics, economy and other fields of mutual interests can and must be carried out within bilateral relations between new Iraq and independent Southern Kurdistan in the atmosphere of good-neighborliness and friendship, peace and security. This Iraq, imaginary “Iraqi federation” is dead&failed - the true and obvious fact that should be officially admitted by Baghdad and Erbil.
Sado | 20/7/2018
Muraz every morning I read your comments and I laugh . Thank you for being the clown and making everyone smile. We really like your fairy tale stories . I’m sure you where abused when you where a kid by your parents . hold on actually, do you even know your parents ?
Saman | 20/7/2018
This is very good news . I hope there will be more cooperation from the central government in Baghdad so Iraq advances in all fields .
Muraz Adzhoev | 20/7/2018
According to Bloomberg, Putin and Tramp have agreed on using a referendum as a mean to solve the crisis in Ukraine, to let the people, authorities of Donbas (autonomous) Region self-determine their own future. Certainly, Putin and Trump most likely consider the principle of self-determination to solve crisis in deadly divided and failed Syria and Iraq too, also.having in mind regimes in Iran and in Turkey as two most destructive regional factors.

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