MHE provides 30,000 university places for high school graduates
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.