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TICUA President Takes Return Trip to Iraq

Aids in revitalizing Iraqi Higher Education

12/13/2010

Nashville, TN – Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr., President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) heads back to Erbil, Iraq from December 12 -17, 2010. This is his third trip to the country to aid in re-establishing quality higher education for Iraqi citizens. Pressnell will present a session at the Revitalizing Research in Kurdistan International Conference entitled “Linkages Between Higher Education and Economic Development: A necessary convergence”.


Pressnell serves as a consultant to the Iraqi Minister of Education.  His work has focused on economic development through the formation of quality higher education. On previous trips, he has met with the Minister, university presidents, and faculty to lead sessions on institutional accreditation and academic quality. His work has connected faculty from Tennessee Technological University, Belmont University, Meharry Medical College, and Union University with those in Kurdish institutions. Site visits between the campuses allowed Iraqi faculty to learn more about the American higher education system, particularly in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry, and engineering.


Pressnell’s work is sponsored by the Kurdish Regional Government.


Erbil, in Northern Iraq, is the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government and is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.


About the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

TICUA engages Tennessee's private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org


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