MHE pro­vides 30,000 univer­sity places for high school grad­u­ates

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG), Dr. Ali Saeed, re­vealed that the min­istry has taken the steps re­quired to re­ceive high school grad­u­ates into de­gree pro­grams at state uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tutes.

Saeed said the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (MHE) is in a po­si­tion to pro­vide places for 30,000 stu­dents in state-run uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tutes for the 2013-14 aca­demic year.

“We have a strate­gic plan for re­ceiv­ing as many stu- dents as pos­si­ble into pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tutes,” he said.

He also re­vealed that the Min­istry is plan­ning to open sev­eral new de­part­ments in state-run col­leges.

The num­ber of in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tional in the Re­gion has con­tin­ued to in­crease since 2006. The MHE has also en­cour­aged the es­tab­lish­ment of pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties via the fa­vor­able 2006 In­vest­ment Law.

The open­ing of pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties has helped the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor to over- come nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles by meet­ing the needs of the la­bor mar­ket, pro­vid­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion to an in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents, and bring­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances into the ed­u­ca­tional arena. To­day, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has 13 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties, 10 pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, and the Kur­dis­tan Board for Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ties.

The KRG is di­rect­ing ma­jor in­vest­ment into the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Ac­cord­ing to Saeed, the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion has both the vi­sion and the plan re- quired to in­crease the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing in higher ed­u­ca­tion. It is also work­ing to adapt ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tems, de­velop hu­man ca­pac­ity and pro­mote high qual­ity re­search across all in­sti­tu­tions.

Saeed be­lieves that the econ­omy, pol­i­tics, and busi­ness of the fu­ture should be knowl­edge-based, and that in­creased sci­en­tific re­search should play a ma­jor role in de­vel­op­ing our Re­gion.

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