Vice-Chancellor Rounds Up Fruitful Visit to Italy

12 months ago

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Kurdistan Hewler Dr Mohammed Mochtar returned from Italy with a list of accomplishments that will make huge contributions to the UKH, the public and the relations between Kurdistan Region and Italy.

In his visit to Italy, the Vice-Chancellor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata,’ signed by Professor Orazio Schillaci.

The MoU will establish academic and research collaboration between both universities in the fields of medicine, science and engineering, and business, economic and social sciences. The first article of the MoU is specially focused on public and community health programmes. It includes the opening of public clinics, student summer training programmes, supply of lab materials, and the launch of Bologna Process that will include validation, curriculum development and staffing. Another part of the MoU encompasses the development and strengthening of the economic and business degrees. The MoU establishes joint postgraduate programmes and research exchange. It also includes the provision of eight PhD scholarships for students from the Kurdistan Region to study at the University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata’.

As part of this collaboration, there will be also a joint training program for Kurdistan Region’s civil servants that will be funded by the World Bank.

Separately, Dr Mochtar also held talks with University of Torino, represented by Professor Valter Cantino. The launch of joint business undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supported and funded the University of Torino, was warmly discussed and will be taken forward to the next steps.

The Vice-Chancellor also met with the Director General of the Association of Italian Knights Sovereign Military Order of Malta Professor Anna Paola Santaroni. This group of centers runs a number of centers in Italy and Malta that specialize in orthopedics and physiotherapy. Together with the Vice-Chancellor, they offered the idea of opening a centre in Erbil under the umbrella of UKH that will provide service for the public, security forces and internally displaced people. 

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