University of Leicester to open campus in Kurdistan
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.