Cooperation with Iraq to be Strengthened
On October 26, Dr. Idris Hadi visited TU Bergakademie Freiberg for talks with Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht about future cooperation, and the parties signed an initial memorandum of understanding on the matter. Dr. Hadi is Rector of the University of Ishik-Erbil and the former Minister for Higher Education and Research in Northern Iraq.
The University of Ishik-Erbil is a private university in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. It was founded in 2008, and now has seven faculties and 20 departments. Currently, some 3,000 students have two campuses at their disposal there. Teaching at the university is carried out exclusively in English, while the lecturers come from eleven countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Turkey and India.
TU Bergakademie Freiberg will support the young university as it develops new curricula in the field of mechanical engineering. The University of Ishik-Erbil also requires expert support in the establishment of a course of study in mechatronics. In addition, Iraqi scientists and students will be able to attend research and training courses or attend summer schools at TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the future.
With the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), TU Bergakademie Freiberg has been committed to the academic reconstruction of Iraq for many years. Since 2009, there have been diverse cooperative relationships in the fields of mechanical engineering and geosciences with ten universities in Iraq, including the Salahaddin University-Erbil, the University of Kirkuk, Erbil Polytechnic University and Baghdad’s University of Technology, Iraq. Eight Iraqi students are currently enrolled at the Bergakademie.
When asked about the security situation in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Prof. Hadi explained that Erbil is safe, and that university life is not affected. However, there are currently no direct flights to Erbil. Due to the current political situation, foreigners must now apply for a visa to travel to Iraq. Unfortunately, this also applies to German cooperation partners who, in the past, were able to enter Northern Iraq without a visa.
The visit was coordinated by the International Centre and by Prof. Dr. Henning Zeidler from the Institute for Machine Elements, Engineering Design and Manufacturing of TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
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