Today, on 16 May, 2023, Dr. Dawood Atrushi received the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Erbil, Mr. Maxim Rubin, at the presidency of the University of Duhok. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen the relations between the University of Duhok and the Russian Universities, as well as to discuss the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the field of education and development.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Dawood Atrushi, talked about the history of the University of Duhok, then explained the structure of the university and the field of studies. Additionally he said “we are one of the best universities in Iraq with widespread International Relations, but we have not been fortunate enough to approach any universities in Russia for collaboration and to establish formal partnerships with them, meanwhile your visit could be a bridge to reinforce the importance of collaboration between our university and Russian universities.”
From his side the Consul General of the Russian Federation, Mr. Maxim Rubin, expressed his gratitude for the invitation of the UoD and said “We are looking forward to having a great relationship in near future, since the Southern Federal University of Russia has interest to develop the collaboration with some universities in Middle East, therefore we are going to arrange a visit for them in Kurdistan to exchange ideas and discuss the future collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional universities.” Moreover, he added that the Russian Government allocated a number of scholarships (60 seats) for Kurdistan students to study Master and PhD in different fields of study, to apply through official website. Dr. Dawood stated that, this is the best opportunity for the students to visit Russia to learn more about their culture and history as well as to learn Russian language. Furthermore, Mr.Maxim Rubin explained briefly the current educational system in Russia, and the impact of the current war in the education sector in his country.
Conclusively, Dr. Dawood proposed to Mr. Maxim, to accommodate a Russian Corner in the university, to better serve the community and to impart the knowledge, experience, history and traditions of the Russia, through delivering seminars, as well as to provide courses for learning Russian language. Also to establish partnerships with universities in various fields to promote their academic relationships with Russia. After that Dr. Dawood presented the appreciation gift to the Consul General of Russia in Erbil for his kind visit.
UOD Media; May 16th, 2023
Report: Firmesk Hasso
Photo: Mohammed Abdulkareem, Ali Banki