UK Academic Sets a new First in Iraq

An academic from the University of Leicester has been named as the first international examiner for postgraduates in Iraq by the Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kufa, Iraq.

Professor David Lambert of the University's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Director of Post-Graduate Research for the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology has recently returned from the University of Kufa in Iraq where he examined Master’s students and discussed post-graduate provision.

The Dean of the College of Medicine in Kufa, Dr Mohammed Saeed Abdulzahara said Professor Lambert was “the first international examiner for post graduates in Iraq” as noted by the ministry of higher education.

Professor Lambert said:

It was a great experience to take part in these examinations - and it must have been a challenge for the students to have to present their work and then be examined in public and in English.

“The University of Leicester has a long-standing relationship with the University of Kufa - who uses our own medical curriculum - and it is a great honour to be the first international examiner in Iraq.”

He examined two students over a two day period. Both students were graded as excellent and were comparable in the quality of their work to Distinction Master’s students from the University of Leicester.

Professor Lambert's visit was the second visit by academics from Leicester to Kufa and there have been a number of visits from Kufa academics to Leicester as well.

He added:

“I hope to be able to assist in the future on a wider range of Master’s subjects. Working with academics and students from the University of Kufa is always a pleasure.”

(Source: University of Leicester)

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