Back in August, we posted this story about the formation of an Iraqi Scholarship fund to send 10,000 students a year to the U.S. and U.K. (For more back story, read this story at Inside Higher Ed. Well, we bring it up again today because earlier this month J.P. Schnapper-Casteras, former fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and founder of the Stanford-Iraq Student Exchange wrote this article for the Washington Post. It specifically outlines what still needs to be done to ensure a strong, healthy, and mutually beneficial relationship between academic institutions in Iraq and the United States.
The major bullet points include prioritizing and facilitating visas for Iraqi students, broadening the coalition of American universities receiving Iraqi students in order to reduce tuition rates, and supporting the American University in Iraq. But don’t take our word for it–read the story yourself.
On a related note, Iraqi schools’ curricula have recently received a major overhaul. You can read the fascinating details, or listen to the story, over at npr.com.