Woman academic promoted to university president first time in Iraq

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By Haneen Saad

Azzaman, January 28, 2014

Saba Adnan has become the first Iraqi woman academic to assume the post of president of university of Tikreet north of Baghdad.

The appointment of Dr. Adnan is seen as a sign of attempts to practice equality of sexes in appointment, particularly at higher levels of education in the country.

“Saba Adnan is the first woman to assume such a post in Iraq,” said Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Ali Adeeb. “The appointment illustrates the ministry’s pursuit to give women leading positions at Iraqi universities.”

The ministry has decided to give women their “right place” in higher education. There are currently 35 women working as college deans in Iraq while there were only 10 three years ago.

Dr. Adnan holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iraq’s University of Technology.