Prospects for partnership: collaboration between British and Iraqi universities
in the 1970s, Iraq’s universities were reputed to be amongst the best in the Middle East. Since 1980, however, Iraq has suffered the depredations of isolation, war and insurgency. As a consequence of sanctions in the 1990s, universities were isolated from the international academic community and deprived of materials and resources, and the 2003 invasion was followed by the destruction and looting of university buildings, libraries and laboratories.
In this report, we consider the nature and range of current international partnerships in Iraq, identify the opportunities for collaboration in the future, discuss the challenges that British universities are likely to encounter in seeking to realise these opportunities, and suggest the conditions that might govern the longer term sustainability of UK-Iraqi partnerships
the report available in: English and Arabic