Strengthening Iraqi Int'l Student Programs

The U.S. Embassy Baghdad is hosting two senior administrators from Stanford University from August 25 to September 3 to partner with the Government of Iraq in expanding graduate degree opportunities for Iraqi students in the United States.

Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq, promoting cooperation in higher education is a mutual goal that helps connect citizens and forge lasting bonds of friendship and mutual respect.

Rania Sanford, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Lily Kimbel, Director of Academic Operations at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, will work with the Prime Minister’s Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED), a scholarship program that awards 1,000 scholarships each year for Iraqi graduate study abroad, to share best practices and exchange program management methodologies.

Regarding the opportunity to work with the HCED, Ms. Sanford said:

Studying abroad provides students with an important global perspective. We are excited at this opportunity to work with our Iraqi partners to enhance Iraq’s education system at the highest levels.

The U.S. Mission in Iraq has four EducationUSA staff dedicated to explaining the U.S. higher education system, fostering university linkages and faculty professional development, and helping all Iraqi students learn more about studying in the United States. Interested students can “like” the EducationUSA Iraq Facebook page to receive regular updates ( and email specific questions to [email protected]

(Source: Embassy of the United States)

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