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Engineering faculty travels to Iraq to lay collaboration groundwork

First row from left, Kifayah Al-Saffar, MU visiting professor of industrial engineering; Linsey Barker Steege, MU assistant professor of industrial engineering; Lori Mason, IREX ULP Project director; Mohammed Al-Ani, vice president, University of Technology at Baghdad (UoT); Suzanne Bodoin, cultural affairs officer, U.S. Embassy in Iraq; Second row from left, Sanjeev Khanna, professor MU professor of mechanical engineering; Ali Al-Shaikhli, dean of UoT Electrical Engineering Department.; Khaleel Ibrahim, head of UoT central training center; Ali H. Ataiwi, dean of UoT Material Engineering Department; Nazhat Al-Kateeb, Imperial British University in Iraq; Vlad Likholetov, director of international partnerships with MU College of Engineering; and Noah Manring, MU professor of mechanical engineering.

The University of Missouri was selected by the International Research and Exchanges Board to participate in the Iraq University Linkage Program (ULP). This initiative is aimed at building sustainable partnerships between Iraqi and U.S. universities to help develop Iraqi universities’ capacity to engage globally and to promote social and economic development in Iraq.

In October, five Mizzou Engineering faculty members traveled to Erbil, Kurdistan, to participate in ULP planning meetings with their partner University of Technology, Baghdad. During the discussions and brainstorming sessions, participants discussed and formulated work plans that would be implemented over a three-year project period. The “linkage” is one of eight approved by the Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. See slideshow below.

Additionally, the MU delegation met with the representatives of the Kurdistan Ministry of Higher Education and discussed the process of higher education reform in Kurdistan, as well as MU involvement in the Human Capacity Development Program (HCPD), a $100 million initiative launched by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

MU Engineering faculty members making the trip were Noah Manring, Sanjeev Khanna, Linsey Barker Steege, Kifayah Al-Saffar and Vlad Likholetov.

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