New Ambitious Iraqi Scholarship Program Sponsors Six MIIS Students
Six students from Iraq—the first to enroll at MIIS under a new Iraqi government initiative—are enrolled in the Intensive English Program (ESL) preparing for matriculation into different masters degree programs at the Institute. The students are sponsored through the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) in the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office, granting students a comprehensive scholarship that, in addition to covering the costs of their graduate degree, allows for one year of English language preparation. This initiative was launched in the fall of 2010 with a pilot program of over 500 students sent to study at universities in the United Kingdom and the United States. All students must pass strict academic requirements and commit to return to Iraq upon the completion of their degrees.
Three of the students arrived in Monterey in the fall and three more joined them this January. Waleed Khalid Abdulabbas was so eager to get started on his proposed graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that he couldn’t help feeling disappointed to find the Institute closed on the day he arrived in Monterey—September 6, Labor Day. All of the students share a great enthusiasm for their studies that reflects their desire to take new skills back home to benefit their country.