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ERIC Number: EJ777752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Oasis in Iraq: Universities Flourish in Kurdistan
Krieger, Zvika
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n50 pA1 Aug 2007
The campus of Salahadin University--peaceful, bustling, and collegial-- is a rare sight in Iraq, where sectarian violence has brought the higher education system to the verge of collapse. Home to the country's historically repressed four million to five million ethnic Kurds, it is an oasis of stability and tranquility while much of the rest of Iraq burns. After decades of neglect and suffering under Saddam Hussein, Kurdish universities find themselves the object of unexpected envy by the barely functioning higher-education institutions elsewhere in the country. Their faculty ranks have swelled with professors fleeing the sectarian violence, injecting new life into deteriorating departments. Students from across Iraq have descended on Kurdish region's six campuses, determined to earn an education without fear of violence. This article examines how Kurdish universities were able to rebuild themselves. This article also takes a look at the hardships these universities still experience as they try to undo the damages brought by the ongoing war in Iraq.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iraq