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Iraq seeks to send more students to US

Aamer Madhani reports for USA Today:

The Iraqi government wants the USA to mold its best and brightest.

Following Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's pledge last year to fund scholarships for 10,000 Iraqi students to study in the United States, the Iraqi government has dispatched several top officials to Washington as part of an effort to raise interest in their country's students.

"No country can get out of the suffering and backwardness without the development of higher education," said Ali al-Adeeb, Iraq's minister of higher education, who met Tuesday with State Department officials.

Adeeb and several of his top deputies will continue their pitch during a two-day conference with administrators and scholars from 50 universities — including New York University and University of Pennsylvania — that begins today.

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