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Iraqi higher education system to receive major boost from Nottingham academics

14 January 2011

The University of Sulaimani, one of the Iraqi institutions involved in the projectAcademics at Nottingham Trent University are to play a key role in a £3m project designed to help rebuild the Iraqi higher education sector. Experts will provide training for teaching and support staff, help to develop and modernise the curriculum and seek out opportunities for future research collaborations as part of the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) Iraq project. The two year scheme is being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the British Council in Iraq.

Nottingham Trent University's involvement in the initiative is worth almost £100,000 and will focus on improving building services in Iraq, working with staff involved in the delivery of architecture, engineering and design-related subjects. Experts from the university's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment will work to deliver the project, along with staff from its Centre for Academic Development and Quality (CADQ).

It is hoped that the project - which also has a focus on creating opportunities for women and discouraging the growth of radicalisation – will help to open up the Iraqi HE sector to current global policy and practice in higher education and reconnect Iraqi universities with their global counterparts.

Dr Fouad Mohammad, a project coordinator and senior lecturer in structural analysis and design at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We will be playing a crucial role in this project, helping to strengthen the Iraqi higher education system and contributing significantly to the country's development."

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