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Iraq Higher Education: What Comes Next as the Country Rebuilds

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
LACC, Room 502B

After ISIS is defeated and universities are liberated, Iraq will need to rebuild its higher education systems. A focus on workforce development is expected to create jobs and support economic growth, and changes to the official scholarship programs will create opportunities for foreign universities. Learn about recruitment and retention efforts.

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Lorna Middlebrough

Education Specialist for Iraq
U.S. Department of State

Lorna Middlebrough is the Education Specialist for Iraq at the U.S. Department of State where she strives to advance U.S. public diplomacy by engaging with Iraqi academics and students. She works to increase the number of Iraqi students studying at U.S. universities by strengthening the capacity of the Iraqi scholarship programs and higher education offices, supporting U.S. universities in their recruitment and retention activities, and creating pathways to facilitate admission for Iraqi students. Previously, she was the EducationUSA Advisor in Iraq for two years, where she organized the first EducationUSA university fairs and initiated social media outreach to Iraqi scholarship holders. Lorna has taught ESL in the United States, China, and Turkey. She has also worked in public relations with USAID/Sri Lanka and the private sector. She has a BA in Public Communication from American University and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Johns Hopkins University. Lorna is a contractor with OBXtek, supporting the U.S. Government.


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Tahani Alsandook

Cultural Attache
Iraqi Cultural Office

Dr. Tahani Al Sandook is the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to the United States, representing the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. where she leads the Iraqi Cultural Office and its efforts to promote Iraqi higher education. She has a PhD in Dental Pharmacology from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a bachelor’s degree from the Dentistry College at the University of Baghdad. She began teaching at Mosul University in 1983 and served as dean of the College of Dentistry from 2005-2013. Dr. Tahani has published more than 45 articles in international journals and participated in sevral international conferances.


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Lori Mason

Project Director
IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)

Dr. Mason serves as Senior Technical Advisor for IREX’s Iraq higher education programs, providing leadership for higher education reform and campus based workforce development initiatives across Iraq. Her previous experience includes designing training modules and conducting professional development for teachers and the administration of private schools, as well as initiating and providing oversight to a curriculum development project facilitating collaboration between the U.S. government, the Kurdistani Ministry of Higher Education, and U.S. university partners. She also has experience in leadership development, faculty development training, and research on women leaders and gender-related violence in Kurdistan.


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