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Tech and Iraqi government partner to sponsor college students

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Texas Tech will soon welcome a group of students from the other side of the globe.

The University has signed an agreement with the Iraqi government and will begin accepting applications from Iraqi undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The partnership started when a Tech professor noticed the need for higher education in the war torn country. Initially, the university extended an opportunity to the Iraqi minister of education, offering four of their top doctoral students a full scholarship to Texas Tech to study science and technology.

The Iraqi government then turned around and agreed to sponsor even more of their most promising students. The program has now opened this opportunity to nearly 50 Iraqi students and faculty members who will return home when they complete their studies.

According to Ron Chesser, Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech, the idea is to re energize the educational curriculum and begin a process of rebuilding scholarship in Iraq.

Tech's Vice Provost of International Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador Tibo Nagy is one of many who are hopeful of the partnership. He states that the agreement continues to advance Texas Tech in the realm of international affairs.

"It's an incredible opportunity for everybody, for the students, for the faculty, for our faculty and of course for Texas Tech as an institution."

Texas Tech expects to start receiving applications within the next two months but because of the lengthy visa process, it could be next January before they arrive in Lubbock. 

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