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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • CULTURAL COOPERATION

  • In the wider area of the Polish- Iraqi scientific cooperation three growth tendencies should be taken note of, including with respect to: the number of Iraqi students at Polish universities ( 87 at different universities and fields of study with different financing), direct agreements between universities and contacts between them, and academic relationships as part of the EU Erasmus Mundus Programme. The project “ Memorandum on the Agreement between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Iraq on cooperation in the fields of science and higher education “ is awaiting  the final approval of the Iraqi side. The Polish side has expressed its readiness to train Iraqi students in English as part of a programme of paid training of students at foreign universities carried out by the authorities in Baghdad. It is about a five-year programme  involving 10 000 students sent to undertake studies leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.

     

    Kurdish students and PhD students train in Poland. The agreements on cooperation with the universities in Erbil, Suleymaniya and Duhok are successively signed by Polish universities


    ( Jagiellonian University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). Moreover, the Kurds study at the Mining-Smelting Academy in Cracow, Warsaw University, the Medical University in Łódź and the Physical Education Academy in Poznań. After returning to the homeland, they join the ranks of the academic personnel and the central administration of Iraqi Kurdistan, gaining a favourable opinion of their superiors. The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baghdad, in agreement with Polish universities interested in training Kurdish human resources, has taken steps to enter the Polish scientific institutions on the list of certified universities, where the Kurds could go to undertake studies paid by their authorities  as part of “ The Human Capacity Development” programme. The above- mentioned list includes  universities in the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Turkey, Japan, Iran, Malesia, India, China, Korea, Egypt and the Scandinavian countries.

     

    Polish scholars and scientists have successfully conducted research in Iraq, which constitutes an important part of the Middle East , since 1930s. The cultural heritage of Iraq is remarkably rich, especially in unique architectural monuments and archaeological sites of global importance. Iraq has become an important region for the research conducted by Polish archaeologists from the angle of the heritage of ancient Mesopotamia.

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