A fifth cooperative agreement has been signed between the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and an Iraqi university.
The agreement with the University of Koya, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, calls for an exchange of research materials and encourages visits from one institution to the other.
In May, UA spokesman Amanda Cantu said no UA students had visited an Iraqi university as part of the agreements. The first such agreement was announced in June of last year.
According to statistics kept by UA, 34 Iraqi students were enrolled at UA during the spring semester. Iraq ranks 10th among international countries in the number of students enrolled at UA, far below the top country, China, which had 198 students at UA in the spring.
Most of the Iraqi students attending UA do so on Iraqi government-funded scholarships. Nationwide, 1,491 Iraqi students attended a United States college or university in the 2013-14 school year, according to a report published by the nonprofit Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The University of Koya seeks to work with UA's clinical psychology department to help address the needs of those affected by the Islamic State group that has captured some areas in Iraq, according to information released by UA.
(Source: NWA Online)
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