Higher education in Iraq .. critical approaches and forward-looking visions
By Research Department - 2020-12-22 245
Al-Bayan Center for Studies and Planning faced difficulties in holding its third annual conference for the year 2020, which was titled “Higher Education in Iraq: Critical Approaches and Forward-looking Visions,” following the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in Iraq and the world.
The outbreak of this epidemic revealed the structural weakness of state institutions in various sectors, the most important of which is the education sector.
Although higher education in Iraq has made significant quantitative leaps over the past few years, represented by the increase in the number of government and private universities and colleges to 35 and 62 respectively, in addition to the increase in the number of university students admitted to about 190 thousand, and 31 thousand others in postgraduate studies,
However, all this did not mean an override of the real problems that prevented professors and graduates from keeping pace with scientific knowledge in accordance with internationally approved standards.
The main problem in university education is the absence of strategic plans that indicate the requirements of the labor market, which has resulted in the neglect of technical and vocational education in a large scale.
The concern for quantitative levels has pushed the qualitative standards to neglect, which was evidenced by the lack of focus on improving field and laboratory knowledge and the infrastructure that adopts governance.
Iraqi governmental universities, and then the civil society, remained a duplicate of one university due to the absence of independence in the administrative decision, as well as independence in university admission, which forced universities and colleges to accept sometimes low levels of education outputs for various reasons, including political, other street pressure or factors. Other unseen.
The problems in higher education did not end. In the field of evaluation, evaluation, development standards, and improvement of quality and performance, Iraqi universities did not achieve remarkable success, while refereed scientific journals and scientific discussions in postgraduate studies and interest in living languages remained far from the required standards.
Al-Bayan Center for Studies and Planning has always focused on institutional problems, hoping to serve decision-makers and stakeholders in order to form a picture of reality and make suggestions from stakeholders, specialists and those interested in building the Iraqi state.
This book represented the research and studies sent by researchers to our conference, which was not lucky enough to convene, but we are happy to publish it in this author, which we consider an important book in its field and useful in its recommendations and outputs.
We can only thank the sincere efforts made by the members of the scientific committee: Dr. Adnan Yassin Mustafa, Dr. Abdul Rahman Najm Al-Mashhadani, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Jaafari, who took care of choosing and evaluating the research present in the hands of the honorable reader from among 39 different researches and studies sent by specialists from Various universities and scientific centers inside and outside Iraq.