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Under the Iraq Project, most IIE-SRF scholars maintained their academic connections to Iraqi students and colleagues while at their host institutions. To broaden these connections, the Iraq Project established the Iraq Scholar Lecture Series (ISLS) in 2009, which recorded academic lectures by 26 Iraqi scholars in the diaspora for distribution and presentation—in DVD format or via live feed—at universities throughout Iraq. Over 300 much needed lectures in fields such as pediatrics, environmental biotechnology, and molecular genetics were made available to thousands of faculty and students at more than 20 Iraqi public and private universities. Some lectures have been incorporated into official course curricula. University presidents and deans alike remarked on the impact the program had by giving its students exposure to the country’s best academic minds no matter their geographic location. By the end of the Iraq Project, the ISLS had delivered a total number of 190 live lectures reaching 2,512 students and 368 faculty members at four Iraqi universities. A summary of those universities and academic fields are noted below:
The IIE-SRF Iraq Distance Learning Initiative continues today. Filling curricular gaps within Iraqi university courses, the lectures in subjects ranging from nanotechnology to renewable energy mitigate the potential for brain drain.
This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State.