The University of Iowa

‘Iraqi Education Initiative’ Brings Iraqi Scholarship Winners to Iowa

June 2nd, 2010

A recent article written by Aisha Labi in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news source for university faculty and administrators, highlights the upcoming arrival of the first Iraqi students taking part in a new government scholarship program called the Iraqi Education Initiative.

Thanks to the $55-million the Iraqi government has allocated for the first year of the program, around 600 Iraqi students will be enrolled at universities in the United States and Britain, with the intent to have these men and women return to Iraq and contribute to their country’s resurgence.

The University of Iowa is one of 22 American institutions taking part in the program. The article quotes Scott King, director of UI’s International Student & Scholar Services:

Administrators of colleges taking part in the program say that the applications they are receiving are from highly qualified students. The University of Iowa has admitted nine graduate students to programs including chemical, civil, computer, and electrical engineering; geosciences; and pharmacology, and more students are expected to be admitted for the academic year that begins in August, said Scott E. King, director of the university’s International Student & Scholar Services.

“Our graduate directors are very, very excited,” he said, adding that “generally about 20 percent of international graduate applicants are admitted, and we’re running over 50 percent with these students.” The students’ only weak spot is their English-language skills, he said, “and we’re providing the training so they get that ability."

There will be more to come in International Accents to highlight the arrival of these students.

To view the full article, please visit The Chronicle of Higher Education.