The University of Mosul has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northern Ireland's Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to increase collaboration and student exchange in areas such as food sciences.
AFBI provides expert diagnostic and analytical testing services to the Northern Ireland agri-food industry, and to clients abroad, and the Belfast Telegraph reports that it is among is among eight companies and organisations on the current Invest NI mission to Kurdistan.
The University of Mosul was established in 1967 and has centres of excellence in disciplines such as computing, environmental and water resources, sensors and agriculture.
Dr Margaret Patterson, AFBI's head of food microbiology, said the agri-food industry will benefit from the link-up:
"We see the MoU as the first stage in a relationship that could bring positive benefits to both AFBI and the University of Mosul. Initially, it will bring students from the university to work alongside our expert teams in knowledge transfer activities that will benefit Kurdistan."
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)