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Iraq Scholar Rescue Project Baghdad Once Reigned as the Intellectual Center of the World Photo top left: The Al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad, Iraq, was established in 1277. Photo top middle: Filming of a lecture by a Scholar Rescue Fund scholar of chemistry for the Iraq Scholar Lecture Series (ISLS). Photo top right: HRH Princess Ghida Talal addresses guests at IIE’s Gala Benefit, celebrating the 10th anniversary of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund in New York, 2012. Photo left bottom: Cover photo for “Iraqis in Exile: Saving a Generation of Scholars,” an article about the Scholar Rescue Fund’s work in Iraq. SIPA News, May 2010, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Photo middle: A Scholar Rescue Fund scholar conducts medical research at a laboratory in Italy. Photo bottom: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal addresses Iraqi scholars and university representatives at IIE’s conference in Amman on the “Reconstruction of Higher Education in Iraq Post-Conflict.” Iraq’s Professoriate Under Attack In 2006, when security concerns in Iraq reached unprecedented levels, IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund began receiving hundreds of requests for assistance from threatened Iraqi scholars at major higher education institutions across the country. With generous funding from the private and public sectors, most notably, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Scholar Rescue Fund responded that year by launching the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project. Since that time, the Iraq Project has provided support for over 250 Iraqi university professors and scientists to resume their teaching and research in safety. Through temporary academic positions at more than 150 higher education institutions, primarily in the Middle East/North Africa region, fellowship recipients have undertaken groundbreaking research, presented at academic conferences, filed patents, taught thousands of students, and published in some of the world’s leading academic journals. These scholars have also contributed to the growth of their host institutions by training staff and students, and establishing new departments and research laboratories Maintaining Links to Iraq through Distance Education During their fellowships at host institutions around the world, most Scholar Rescue 14 Fund scholars have maintained their academic connections to Iraqi students and colleagues. To broaden these connections, the program established the Iraq Scholar Lecture Series (ISLS), which records academic lectures by Iraqi scholars in the diaspora for distribution and presentation – in DVD format or via live feed – at universities throughout Iraq. To date, over 125 much-needed lectures in fields such as pediatrics, environmental biotechnology, and molecular genetics have been made available to faculty and students at more than 20 Iraqi public and private universities. Some have been incorporated into official course curricula. University presidents and deans alike have remarked on the impact the program has had by giving its http://www.scholarrescuefund.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning

Messages and Reflections
History of Rescue
At a Glance
Program Impact
Fellowship Recipients
Ten Scholars
Host Partners
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project
Fellowship Process
The Fellowship
Impact on Host Campuses
Visiting Lectures
Scholars at Work

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning