On Thursday, two Kurdish higher education officials laid the foundation stone of the College of Education in Chamchamal [Chemchemal], 45 km east of the oil rich Kirkuk, 255 km north of Baghdad.
The Kurdistan Region’s minister of higher education and scientific research and the president of Sulaimaniya University jointly laid the stone for the $3.4m [4 billion Iraqi dinar] project.
The college is to be constructed over 400 donums [100 hectares] of land from Garmiyan area’s development fund, allocated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
A local constructing company, Qazanblakh, is due to complete the college in 750 days.
The college will not occupy the whole of the 400 donums. The site is intended to contain two other colleges — colleges of basic education and political sciences — if the construction budget is provided.
There are three colleges in Garmiyan and the Kurdish minister hopes for their expansion into a university.
Garmiyan is a wide multiethnic area in dispute between Kurdish and Baghdad officials. Its center is Kalar, 165 km northeast of Baghdad.