University cooperation with Iraq

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is busy setting up a training programme in Iraq, jointly with universities in Baghdad and in Iraqi Kurdistan. For this purpose the university in Saxony is receiving 1.3 million Euro from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a period of three years. The aim of the programme is to train students and up-and-coming young scientists in the fields of mechanical engineering and geo-resources. On 10 August 2009 a high-ranking delegation of the Kurdish Regional Government visited the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, to inform itself first-hand about study and research conditions.
"We are proud to be one of the four universities in Germany which have been selected by the DAAD for full sponsorship in the area of German-Iraqi university collaboration," says Vice-Rector for External Relations, Prof. Dr. Christoph Breitkreuz. The DAAD funding was raised by Prof. Broder Merkel, Institute of Geology, and Prof. Jürgen Bast, Institute of Mechanical Engineering. "Kurdistan is an Iraqi federal state which is presently making a huge effort to develop itself. Important infrastructure aspects such as the search for natural mineral deposits and water resources are poorly developed in this federal state, which until recently was under great pressure", emphasizes Breitkreuz. At the reception for the Iraqi delegation he said that the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the region's industrial players in water resources, energy technology and materials science are competent partners.

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Idries Hadi Salih, and other government representatives from the educational sector are travelling at the invitation of DAAD to various universities in Germany until 14 August. The first visit was to the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on Monday, 10 August. After discussions with university management and a visit to Freudenstein Castle, the government representatives were shown the test facilities and laboratories of the Institute for Mechanical Engineering and Metal Forming as well as the Foundry Institute.

In October a delegation from Freiberg will be travelling to Iraq within the framework of the DAAD project. The first workshop is scheduled to be held in Freiberg as early as the beginning of December. In addition to the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the following universities will receive funding for the establishment of German-Iraqi educational programmes; TU Berlin (for computer science), the TU Dortmund (urban and regional planning) and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (business economics).

Persons at the photo from left to right: Prof. Jürgen Bast and Dr. Abdulkader Kadauw, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Dr. Ahmed Anwar Dezaye, General Director of Scholarships and Cultural Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government, Republic of Iraq and Dr. Idries Hadi Salih, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kurdistan Regional Government, Republic of Iraq.
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Prof. Christoph Breitkreuz