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ERIC Number: EJ997089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-25
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Iraqi Universities Reach a Crossroads
Lindsey, Ursula
Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar 2012
Eight years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and a few months after the withdrawal of the military forces from the country, Iraq's universities, devastated by years of dictatorship, sanctions, and war, are still struggling to recover. The security situation has improved since the deadly, dark days of 2006 and 2007, when the country teetered on the brink of sectarian war, hundreds of professors were assassinated, and thousands more fled the country. Today some of those refugee scholars have returned. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has a bigger budget and new, ambitious plans. Iraqi universities are looking to the outside world, hoping that international partnerships will help them reform their curricula and retrain their staffs. The government is investing more in public scholarship programs to send thousands of graduate students to study abroad and make up the country's new teaching cadres. On the other hand, Iraqi universities remain highly centralized, politicized, and in need of systemic reform. The government cites ambitious plans for reforming the country's war-ravaged system, but professors say sectarian politics may get in the way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iraq