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IREX Pairs US and Iraqi Universities to Advance Teaching in Iraq

To improve teaching and strengthen the universities' capacity to provide youth the skills needed in today's workforce, IREX paired three prestigious US universities with three in Iraq. Together these institutions are sharing new teaching methods, revising outdated curricula, and engaging in joint research projects.

Through each partnership in the Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) IREX coaches faculty to develop new curricula, leads in-person and online capacity building trainings for faculty and university staff, and supports Iraqi institutions' progress toward accreditation.

Georgia State University & University of Baghdad

Georgia State UniversityUniversity of Baghdad
 
Departments:

• English
• College of Education
• College of Language
• College of Liberal Arts

Eric Friginal, GSU professor and linkage co-leader"We are working with people who are developing the future of Iraq and that is an honor."

- Eric Friginal, GSU professor and linkage co-leader



 

Michigan State University & University of Duhok

Michigan State UniversityUniversity of Duhok
 
Departments:

• Biology
• Computer & Electrical Engineering
• English

"[We are working to] review and revise course curricula, explore alternate teaching styles, collaborate on research and generally exchange ideas and foster long-term relationships between the two institutions."

- Karin Dillon, MSU program manager

University of Missouri at Colombia & University of Technology in Baghdad

University of Missouri at ColumbiaUniversity of Technology in Baghdad
 
Departments:

• Renewable Energy
• Industrial Engineering
• Nanotechnology

MU assistant professor of chemical engineering and linkage leader"We will help rebuild Iraqi educators' capacity to train tomorrow's engineers...The MU group will benefit too. In the modern world, engineering programs must be international or they become irrelevant."

- Vladislav Likholetov, MU assistant professor of chemical engineering and linkage leader