LTU president, Iraqi PM meet, discuss engineering education

SOUTHFIELD—The presence of Lawrence Technological University is growing in Iraq, as evidenced by a recent agreement with the American University of Iraq-Baghdad—and a meeting between LTU President Tarek M. Sobh and the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani during the prime minister’s recent visit to the Detroit area.

“This pivotal encounter underscores Lawrence Technological University’s commitment to global education and transformative international partnerships,” Sobh said of the meeting. “We look forward to the economic contributions and knowledge impact this vibrant collaboration will bring.”

The two leaders (pictured above, with Sobh at left) discussed LTU’s role in helping design and structure a new College of Engineering at AUIB, a private, nonprofit university established in 2018. Supported by the U.S. Department of State and colleagues at AUIB, including President Michael W. Mulnix, Counselor Michael McClellan and others, LTU faculty, staff and administration have been working for several months building the curriculum, recruiting faculty and staff, designing laboratories, and establishing requirements for accreditation and career outcomes for students. There will also be research and education exchange programs for students at the two universities.

Sobh presented the details of the partnership to Al Sudani and other Iraqi officials during the visit. According to Sobh, the prime minister said he looks forward to the program, which he said will be a model for collaborative high-quality education for his country, and that his office will give the LTU-AUIB partnership his full support.

“This initiative will not only enhance academic and research opportunities but also set a global standard in engineering education and research,” Sobh said. “The prime minister has graciously extended the support of the Iraqi government for this transformative project, emphasizing the shared vision and commitment towards educational and research excellence.”

Sobh also credited the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and its president, LTU Board of Trustees member Martin Manna, for their role in the AUIB collaboration, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, Iraqi ambassador to the United States Nazar Al Khirullah, the Iraqi Consulate General in Detroit, the Consul General of Iraq in Detroit Muhamad Hassan S. Muhamad, and the Prime Ministers Office, Republic of Iraq.

“This partnership reflects and emphasizes LTU’s commitment to global education and international research and development partnerships, professionalism, STEM excellence, world-class education and transformative research in engineering, architecture, design, natural sciences, computing, business, and health sciences,” Sobh said. “LTU’s dedication to STEM excellence and our mission to cultivate impactful leaders who are equipped to make significant contributions worldwide have been demonstrated for 90-plus years by our alumni, who are known for their exceptional professional capabilities and technologically focused experiential training in all disciplines, and have made powerful global contributions to humanity throughout our history.”

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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