The University of Northampton has signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the University of Babylon. The agreement was signed at the Higher Education for the Development of Iraq Conference which took place in London between 14-15 September. The deal becomes the first ever Iraqi Franchise agreement with a UK university.
Supporting the signing were His Excellency Professor Abdul Razaq Al Issa, the Minster of Higher Education for Iraq, His Excellency Dr Salih Al Timmimi the Iraqi Ambassador in London and Mr. Nadhim Zahawi the MP of Stratford-on-Avon and Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Education.
Under the franchise agreement, Iraqi students will complete their undergraduate degrees at the University of Northampton before returning home as graduate teaching assistants with the ability to teach the Northampton syllabus. The partnership will also include research, joint PhD supervision and staff development and has the possibility to expand into other areas of joint working. These areas include geography, environmental sciences, English and teaching children with special educational needs.
The University of Northampton has been working with the University of Babylon since 2012. In 2017, Nick Petford, the Vice Chancellor, became the first VC of a British University to visit Iraq since 2003. The agreement reinforces the University's pioneering work in the development of Iraqi-British relations throughout the education sector.
Professor Petford commented on the agreement: “Our partnership with the University of Babylon continues to evolve and grow stronger, which is to the benefit of our institutions, our students and our countries. It was an honour to welcome such a distinguished delegation to the University of Northampton and I look forward to the first cohort of graduate teaching assistants joining us very soon.”
Source: Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)