Students on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s scholarship programme in the UK last week made presentations about their academic research and heard about the support that the KRG UK Representation provides to students at a seminar hosted by the Kurdistan Medical and Scientific Federation.
The KMSF hosted the event at Aston University in Birmingham in what it said will become an annual seminar on the Human Capacity Development Programme in the UK. Professor Dlawer Alaaldeen, the former KRG Higher Education Minister who was instrumental in establishing the scholarship programme, also addressed the students.
The seminar highlighted the importance of practical support mechanisms for the HCDP students and facilitating social and academic networking.
The morning session was dedicated to masters and doctoral students sharing their knowledge with attendees by giving presentations on their research and academic studies which varied from Green Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Advanced Computer Sciences, Rheumatology and International Business.
The afternoon session consisted of separate talks from the KRG UK Representation and the KMSF. Nawal Karim and Hiwa Faridun Jwanroyi explained how the KRG UK office supports the HCDP students as well as the Representation’s role in strengthening links and relations between the UK and Kurdistani academic institutions.
A KMSF panel explained how the organisation supports and advances the professional practices of its members and establishes practical associations with healthcare and academic institutions in Kurdistan. The KMSF is an incarnation of a number of successful associations that have worked in the UK since the 1980s.
Formally established in 2005, the KMSF is an umbrella organisation that integrates the following medical, academic and scientific organisations; Kurdistan Medical Association (KuMA), Support Committee for Higher Education in Iraqi Kurdistan (SCHEIKUK) and Kurdistan Scientific Association (KSA).