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Faculty Participate in Iraqi Education Forum

The University's visibility was extended to the Middle East this week when West Chester faculty members travelled to Baghdad to participate in the third annual educational forum of Iraq's Higher Committee for Education Development.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Education, Laurie Bernotsky, and Jeffery Osgood, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration and director of WCU's graduate program in public administration, participated in the three-day educational forum with other university representatives from the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia.

On the first day of the forum, Bernotsky, Osgood and their western colleagues met with ambassadors to Iraq from the U.S., United Kingdom and Australian, as well as with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Briefing sessions were held during which Iraqi and western representatives described their respective educational systems. The remaining two days consisted of information sessions by the western university representatives with scholarship-winning Iraqi students.

Launched in 2010 by Prime Minister Nuri Al-Malki, the educational forum was established to help Iraq regain its position among nations of the world, and to fill the gap between the standard of education in Iraq and that of the world.