Uni­ver­sity of Le­ices­ter to open cam­pus in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Uni­ver­sity of Le­ices­ter and So­ran Uni­ver­sity signed a mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to which the for­mer will open a cam­pus in the town of So­ran in co­op­er­a­tion with the So­ran Uni­ver­sity.

The agree­ment was signed by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­en­tific Re­search Yusuf Go­ran and the Pres­i­dent of Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor Paul Boyle on April 28th to open a Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity cam­pus in So­ran.

Head of Sci­en­tific Af­fairs at So­ran Uni­ver­sity, Nahro Za­gros, re­vealed the agree­ment and told a lo­cal Kur­dish news web­site that es­tab­lish­ing ed­u­ca­tional and sci­en­tific coop- er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties is an­other re­mark­able achieve­ment for Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment.

He said, “The project is to open a Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity cam­pus in So­ran to de­velop close co­op­er­a­tion with the city’s uni­ver­sity. We will begin in the next few months.

The project will in­clude es­tab­lish­ing a lan­guage cen­ter, a nat­u­ral re­sources re­search cen­ter as well as a uni­ver­sity’s cam­pus in the city.

“This is an out­stand­ing project be­cause Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity is among the top 20 uni­ver­si­ties in in­ter­na­tional rank­ings.”

Za­gros also said, “It can be con­sid­ered an in­dica- tion that the KRG and Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­en­tific Re­searches are at­tempt­ing to de­velop uni­ver­si­ties and up­grade Kur­dis­tan aca­demic stud­ies to an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard. ”

So­ran Uni­ver­sity is ranked third in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion uni­ver­sity rank­ings and has de­vel­oped rapidly dur­ing the five years since its estab­lish­ment.

Both Pres­i­dent of Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor Paul Boyle and Pres­i­dent of So­ran Uni­ver­sity Dr. Mus­lih Mustafa, vis­ited the KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani on Thurs­day, April 30, 2015, and in­formed him about the de­tails of their agree­ment and their fu­ture co- op­er­a­tion plans.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Pro­fes­sor Boyle told PM Barzani that he has met with min­istries of agri­cul­ture, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and tourism and have dis­cussed mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing the devel­op­ment of an agri­cul­tural and touris­tic map as well as preser­va­tion of his­tory and cul­ture of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated his full sup­port for the col­lab­o­ra­tion and joined projects be­tween the two uni­ver­si­ties and promised to pro­vide all fa­cil­i­ta­tions and as­sis­tance re­quired to all their projects.

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