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AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ASSIST IRAQI RESEARCHERS

18th November, 2004 MIN 1007/04

University research in Iraq will be further strengthened with today’s announcement that seven senior Iraqi scholars have been chosen to travel to Australia next year as part of the Australian Government’s $7.9 million Endeavour Programme.

The Endeavour Programme serves to attract high-performing students and scholars from around the world to Australia and gives the opportunity for ongoing links with Australian universities and research institutions.

These distinguished scholars will be undertaking a range of research projects in engineering, medicine and science at leading Australian universities.

The 2004 Fellowship recipients are:

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Dr Riyadh Al-Amery, Civil and Structural Engineering, Monash University; ●

Dr Khalid Al-Naib, Medical Microbiology/Medical Immunology, Queensland Institute of Medical Research; ●

Dr Ghassan Al-Kindi; Mechanical Engineering - Computerised, Monash University and the University of South Australia; ●

Dr Hayam AL-Yasiri; Communications Engineering - Wireless Communications, Curtin University of Technology, La Trobe University or The Australian National University; ●

Dr Amin Abbosh; Communications Engineering, The University of Queensland and Griffith University;

Dr Waleed Mehdi; Inorganic Chemistry, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland; and ●

Dr Ismail Ibrahim (Al-Khateeb), Soil Physical Chemistry, Monash University, the University of New England, the University of Tasmania, Macquarie University or Murdoch University.

These scholars will receive an Endeavour Australia Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which will allow them to update their skills and knowledge while exposing them to new developments in their field of expertise. Dr Ibrahim (Al-Khateeb) will be taking up an Endeavour Australia AusAID Iraq Research Fellowship, awarded to those undertaking research in the field of Agriculture.

The Australian Government is committed to assisting the Iraqi people re-build their nation and I look forward to this year’s Endeavour scholars making a significant contribution to the re-development of research and innovation on their return to Iraq.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Chris John 0412 650 549