May 27, 2015

KRG and US officials discuss American support to higher education in Kurdistan and Iraq

Washington DC, USA ( – Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met with State Department education officials to discuss American support to higher education in Kurdistan and Iraq as a whole.lorna

The KRG Representative met with Lorna Middlebrough, Iraq education specialist at the State Department, and Andrew Masloski, program officer at EducationUSA, which is a State Department network of over 400 international student-advising centers around the world.

They discussed the issues facing some students from Kurdistan in the United States as well as strengthening ties between Kurdish and American institutions in fields of research and student exchange.

The US currently hosts over 200 students from Kurdistan who are studying as part of the KRG-funded Human Capacity Development scholarship program, which provides tuition fees and stipends for postgraduate study overseas.  These payments have been delayed due to Baghdad’s failure to pay the KRG’s budget in full for well over a year.

The KRG US Representation continues to work with US officials, members of Congress, and American universities to help alleviate the strain on students and allow them to continue their studies.

Looking beyond these immediate problems, the KRG seeks to widen educational collaboration and cultural exchange with United States institutions.

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