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July 22, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY: UI official invited to launch of Iraq Education Initiative July 25 in D.C.

WHAT: Scott King, director of the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars with UI International Programs, is one of 22 higher education officials across the nation invited by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki to participate in the official announcement of the Iraq Education Initiative. The initiative will send an estimated 10,000 students (primarily undergraduates) per year to the United States and other English-speaking nations for each of the next five years, or 50,000 students total. The invitation came after King and 21 other U.S. higher education officials participated in the Iraqi Education Initiative Symposium, held in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah in January.

WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Eastern Time Zone (8:30 to 10 a.m. Central Time Zone) Saturday, July 25

WHERE: Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C.

WHY: The University of Iowa is part of a select group of higher education institutions from across the nation that comprise the founding consortium involved in the Iraq Education Initiative. King said the UI hopes to bring an estimated 40 Iraqi students to the UI this first year as part of the pilot group of 500 students, boosting the UI's undergraduate international student enrollment, which is already expected to experience record growth this year. The students are expected to arrive in January 2010 and will be fully funded by scholarships provided by the Iraqi government. In fall 2008, there were 576 undergraduate international students at the UI. This is almost 25 percent of the overall international student enrollment of 2,191, and just under 3 percent of the overall UI undergraduate enrollment.

WHO: King can be reached on his cell at 319-331-7684 for pre or post interviews about this initiative and its impact on the University of Iowa, the state of Iowa and the nation. UI Director of Admissions Michael Barron can be reached at 319-335-1548 to discuss the impact on the UI's enrollment. UI Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace Loh can also be reached at 319-335-3565 to comment on how this program fits into the UI's broader internationalization goals.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott King, UI Office of International Students and Scholars, 319-335-0335 (office), 319-331-7684 (cell); and Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,