Construction of first Iranian university in Iraq launched

Baghdad, Aug 14, IRNA – The project to build first Iranian university in Iraq named ‘Al-Mustafa Al-Amin’ was launched in a ceremony in Kadhemein on Monday attended by Iran’s ambassador to Iraq and the country’s deputy minister of science, technology and research.

Head of the university’s board of trustees and vice chancellor for administrative and financial affairs, Abdollah Hassani told IRNA on Monday that the university will house five faculties, including experimental sciences, humanities and Islamic sciences.

Faculties of literature, jurisprudence and law will be set up in the first stage of the project, he said.

Hassani further noted the university will be constructed in an area of 22,500 square meters and it is expected to host 3,000 students initially.

Supreme Leader’s representative in Iraq also told the same gathering that the university is a scientific asset for Iraq.

He further noted that the scientific center will help promote scientific progress as well as its peace and stability in the country.

Meanwhile, Iraqi deputy minister of science, technology and research Salam Hassan Khoshav hailed scientific level of the Iranian universities, saying that they are among the top universities in the world.

Iran’s Ambassador in Baghdad Iraj Masjedi also said that Iran and Iraq are the two strategic countries in the region whose scientific and academic ties are excellent.

However, he said that the two countries’ capacities are beyond the current level of ties.

Currently, 760 Iraqis are studying in Mashhad University of Ferdowsi with thousands studying in other Iranian universities, he said.

Iran’s Cultural Office in Iraq has announced that the two neighboring states have so far signed over 50 scientific and academic memoranda of understanding and over 3,000 Iraqi students are studying in Iranian universities.

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