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International Conference on HE in Iraq

It is pleasure to write to you to inform you about the recent International Conference on HE in Iraq, which took place on 11 – 13 Dec 2007 in Erbil, Kurdistan-Iraq.

• Great Success: The conference was constructive, creative, dynamic, effective, hard work, enjoyable and very successful. It achieved all its objectives.

• Effective and Important: The Conference is regarded, by many observers, as the biggest and the most effective conference on HE in Iraq for the last 20 years. The conference reemphasis the fact that there is a promising and Brilliant Future for HE in Iraq.

• Achievement: The conference achieved more then expected in all accounts. Its aim was to develop an advanced and clear strategy for HE in Iraq and already, the Iraqi government and the Regional Government of Kurdistan pledged to implement the “Recommendations of the Conference” in their current and future HE strategy.

• Mr Masaud Barazani Impressive Opening: The conference was launched by a welcoming, supportive and encouraging speech by the President of Kurdistan, Mr Masaud Barazani. Over 900 participants filled the huge Conference Hall to listen also to welcoming speeches from the Mayor of Erbil, the Minister of HE in Kurdistan, the Deputy Minister of HE in Iraq and the Secretary General of IHEOC.

• Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr Nori Al-Maliki Strong Support: The PM met a small team of IHEOC headed by the Secretary General of IHEOC, who travelled to Baghdad after the conference. The PM congratulated IHEOC and Erbil Committee for their successful work to help HE in Iraq and he pointed to the government’s strong commitment for the advancement of HE in Iraq. He asked for a copy of the conference’s recommendations in order to consider their implementation in the current and future strategy of HE in Iraq.

• Statistics of the Conference:
o There were 3 plenary sessions with 8 keynote speeches and 27 workshops with over 150 papers.
o Over 400 academics actively contributed in the three days conference but at the opening session there were over 900 participants.
o Contributors were from 23 different countries representing 70 HE and research institutions.
o Papers presented at the conference were as follows:

1. Modalities of HE: 13 papers
2. Capacity Building: 14 paper
3. Curriculum Development: 42 papers
4. Quality assurance: 31 papers
5. Higher Education and Research: 14 papers
6. Universities and the Society: 21 papers
7. Types of HE (distance, private, etc.): 16 papers
8. Decentralisation of HE: 8 papers

Please note that the “Conclusions and Recommendations” and the proceeding of the conference will soon be posted on the conference website www.wmin.ac.uk/iraq-he/.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank University of Westminster and MBI AlJaber Foundation for their generous and sustain support for HE in Iraq.

I would also like to thank the Minister of HE in Kurdistan, Dr Idris Salah Hadi whose determined support and hospitality ensured the success of the conference. I also like to thank his staff for their support and in particular, Dr Ahmed Dezaye, chair of the Erbil Committee. It should be noted that it was the Ministry’s invitation of IHOEC to hold a joint conference in Erbil which made it possible to have this successful conference in Iraq.

I want to assert my thanks to my IHEOC colleagues for their hard work and support and particularly to Dr Ghazi Derwish and Dr Sherzad Talabani for their resolute and active support.

Once again I like to thank you all for your help, support and encouragement which were truly the real force that helped us to conclude the conference successfully. Thank you very much.

Best wishes for the New Year, 2008.

Dr Abbas Al-Hussaini
Secretary General of Iraq Higher Education Organising Committee, IHEOC
www.wmin.ac.uk/iraq-he/