The MOU paves the way for students to study at UNE under an Iraqi Government-funded international scholarship program for PhD candidates.
At the signing ceremony for the agreement in Sydney, the Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, said she looked forward to productive work coming from increased collaboration between Australian institutions and the Republic of Iraq.
UNE’s Chancellor, Richard Torbay, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Educational Innovation and International, Dr Michael Crock, attended the ceremony with the Director General of Scholarships and Cultural Affairs from the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Scholarships, Dr Bahaa Kazem.
Mr Torbay said the agreement further enhanced opportunities for Iraqi students to study at UNE.
“We currently have 11 students from Iraq on campus and we look forward to welcoming more students from Iraq under this agreement,” he said. “To date there has been a strong interest in Agriculture courses from Iraqi students, and we expect that to continue.”
Professor Barber said that international students brought a richness and diversity to the campus that enhanced the experience for all students.
“UNE is going against the trend of other universities, with our international enrolments continuing to increase year on year,” he said. “We welcome today’s agreement with Iraq and look forward to a long-term relationship with that country’s higher education sector.”
The University of Wollongong also signed an agreement with the Republic of Iraq at the ceremony.
Clicking on the Iraqi Flag image above reveals a photograph of (back row) the Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, and the Chancellor of UNE, Richard Torbay; (front row, left to right) the Iraqi Cultural Attaché based in Canberra, Professor Fadhil Farhood Makki Al-Joborae, the Director General of Scholarships and Cultural Affairs, Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Scholarships, Dr Bahaa Kazem, the Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber, and UNE’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Educational Innovation and International, Dr Michael Crock.