Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research visits Wolfson College

During a short visit to Oxford, his Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq, accompanied by an esteemed group of dignitaries, were given a tour of Wolfson College by President Sir Tim Hitchens. 

Last week, Wolfson was delighted to welcome a delegation of visitors from Iraq, led by the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr Naeem Al-Aboudi. 

He was accompanied by Hayder Abed Dhahad (Deputy Minister for scientific Affairs), Mohammed Al-Hashemi (Iraqi Cultural Attachee), Ahmed Al-Jubori (Representative of the Embassy of Iraq in London), Munir Al-Saadi (President of University of Baghdad), Mushtak Al-Neda (President of University of Anbar), Anees Nile (Dean at Al Nahrain University) and Hasanen Hussen (Minister's Office Manager). 

The President of Wolfson College Sir Tim Hitchens welcomed Dr Al-Aboudi with an opening speech to mark the event. This historic visit is the first of its kind from the Minister of Higher Education in Iraq to the University of Oxford. It was arranged by Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson Dr Mootaz Salman, a Group Leader in Cellular Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, and an alumnus of Mosul University.  

During his visit, Dr Al-Aboudi launched the Committee for Iraqi Scholars and Expats in the UK. The committee aims to foster the collaboration of educational and scientific research between Iraq and the UK.  

While in Oxford, the delegation also visited the Bodleian Library and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where they discussed collaborative exchanges in the field.