During a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Fatih Yildiz, His Excellency, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Qusay Al-Suhail reviewed the visit of Dr. Al-Suhail to Turkey and the inked Memorandum of Understanding since 2017.

His Excellency highlighted the need to activate the work of the Iraqi-Turkish Joint Committee for the initiation of practical steps to implement the articles of the agreement between the two sides.

Dr. Qusay also reviewed activating the government program via cultural exchange programs, enhancing bilateral scientific and research relations, especially in the field of higher education such as exchanging of scholarships and fellowships between the universities of the two countries, granting research scholarships for Turkish researchers and creating twinning opportunities between major Iraqi universities and recognized Turkish universities.

His Excellency called on Turkish Universities to hold joint scientific conferences among Turkish and Iraqi researchers and faculty members in order to promote joint scientific research, joint supervision on the university theses and exchange of scientific and cultural activities as well as increasing the Iraqi scholars to turkey.

Dr. Qusay said that according to the agreement with the Turkish side, some Turkish universities, including the University of Karabuk have offered 17 research fellowships to Iraqi researchers and the Turkish side promised to encourage offering more fellowships and scholarships for Iraqi scholars.

His Excellency expressed the readiness of the Iraqi universities to grant fellowships to Turkish students and researchers to study some specialties such as Arabic Language, Arts and other specialties.

For his part, Mr. Yildiz expressed the Turkish universities’ readiness on granting fellowships to study the Turkish Language to obtain Ph.D. for the top students of Turkish Language departments in the Iraqi universities such as Baghdad, Kufa, Mosul and Kirkuk Universities.

It is worth mentioning that the meeting was attended by the Ministry’s Deputy for Scientific Research Affairs, Dr. Fouad Qassim Mohammed, Director General of Scholarships and Cultural Relations, Dr. Amjad Abd Al-Nabi Al-Sawad and the Minister’s Office Manager, Dr. Fouad Abd Al-Amir.

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