Lake Erie College explores opportunities for students from Iraq
Lake Erie College officials announced they are reviewing plans to participate in a new program that will give high-achieving students from Iraq the opportunity to study at the 153-year old private institution.
In July, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced a partnership with the Republic of Iraq to make the University System of Ohio the first statewide system to participate in the Iraq Education Initiative (IEI). The Chancellor participated in a signing ceremony with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to formalize the agreement. The partnership advances a key goal of Ohio's 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education of increasing the number of foreign students studying in Ohio and graduating from Ohio universities and community colleges.
Fully funded by the government of Iraq, the IEI’s initial goal is to send up to 10,000 Iraqi students per year over the next five years to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia to complete their higher education studies. The initiative will begin with a pilot program of 500-600 students for the 2009-2010 school year – approximately 100 are expected to attend Ohio institutions. The Higher Committee for the Educational Development of Iraq will award scholarships to high-achieving Iraqi high school students who have taken required college admission tests. Students will be allowed to study nearly all majors and seek all degrees, including some Ph.D.s. Iraqi students will be especially encouraged to study engineering, education, information technology, business, law and medicine.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the College to enhance our longstanding values of internationalism and increase the diversity of our growing student population,” said Michael T. Victor, president of Lake Erie College. “We applaud the good work of the Ohio Board of Regents and Chancellor Fingerhut in striking this special agreement with the Republic of Iraq. It creates opportunities for Iraq’s most qualified students and for institutions, like Lake Erie College, to increase its global perspective.”
Overall, 22 universities, which are founding members of the American Universities Iraq Consortium, will welcome these students to their campuses. Among these universities are Vanderbilt University, Virginia Commonwealth University, West Virginia University and Texas A&M.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students and is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to, "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie offers 20 intercollegiate athletic teams, was recently granted NCAA Division II status and became a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).