The Minister of Planning, Dr. Khaled Batal Al-Najm, confirmed that the ministry is working, in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, to draw up a new policy for human development, related to education and the labor market’s need of various disciplines, in proportion to the large population increases that Iraq is witnessing, and thus work to address development gaps in the governorates.
This came during the Minister’s chairing of a joint meeting between the Ministries of Planning, Higher Education and Scientific Research, to discuss the reality of technical and engineering education in private colleges, in which Dr. Salah Al-Fatlawi, head of the Scientific Supervision and Evaluation Authority, and Dr. Muzaffar Al-Zuhairi, President of Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University, participated in it. Dr. Saad Salman Awwad, Administrative Assistant to the Technical Education Authority, Dr. Farid Majid Abd, Administrative Assistant to the Central Technical University, Dr. Hussein Ali Hamid, Director of Private University Education, Dr. Ashraf Mowaffaq Falih, Director of Innovation in the Directorate of Private University Education, and others.
It was attended by the Ministry of Planning, the Technical Undersecretary Dr. Maher Hammad, the Director General of the Department of Human Development, Dr. Maha Abdul Karim Al-Rawi, and the Director of the Education Policies Department, Nahida Abdul-Jabbar.
The Minister added, in light of population increases, the need for private education is important, to accommodate the number of students graduating annually from middle school, noting that this year we have more than 500,000 students in the last stage of middle school, and therefore government colleges It is unable to absorb these large numbers, indicating that the Ministry of Planning is working to ensure that the private education partnership is 50% with government education, provided that scientific and academic sobriety is achieved in private colleges and universities, noting that the expansion of private education would contribute to Achieving spatial development, because it will stimulate a number of different development sectors, foremost of which is the generation of more job opportunities for young people.
The Minister pointed out that there is a great need for nurses, and therefore the reality requires continuing to create more nursing departments, to bridge the gap in this field, and to emphasize the necessity of the availability of private colleges and departments, on the scientific and technical requirements, including laboratories, while continuing the evaluation process and fulfilling Planning and development standards in the process of creating any new department or college, technical or engineering, or any other specialization.
During the meeting, a number of issues related to the reality of technical and engineering education in private education were discussed, which are on the agenda, and it was decided at the meeting, to form a joint committee from the ministries of planning and higher education, to set standards for innovation, and these standards are in accordance with the need and development gaps, as well as Reconsidering the evaluation of the reality of the existing colleges, and the involvement of representatives of private colleges and professional unions, in the evaluation process and reconsidering the reality of private education in Iraq.