COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2004
Contact: CPA North (Arbil) Public Affairs Office,
Tim Standaert, 223-2811/2810 (local), 008821621707928 (Thuraya), or
Hemen Hawramy, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
760-4555 (local cell).
Opening of New Internet Center at Salahaddin
University in Arbil
Funded with $40k from Coalition Provisional Authority
ARBIL, NORTHERN IRAQ. Salahaddin University in the city of Arbil in the Iraqi
Kurdistan region opened its first internet center and classroom on May 25.
The Coalition Provisional Authority office in Arbil funded the internet center
with $40,000 covering the cost of 24 computers, a server, internet connection
and other supplies and materials.
The president of Salahaddin, Dr. Mohammad Sadik Khoshnau, and the head of the
Coalition Provisional Authority in northern Iraq, Regional Coordinator Dr. Liane
Saunders, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the College of Education.
A good number of students have access to the Web at internet cafes in town, but
no internet center existed on the campus of the university.
Dr. Saunders noted that the internet was just one more way for the students of
Iraq as a whole and this region in particular to reconnect with the rest of the
world after years of war and dictatorship. Noting the high temperature in the
room, she promised CPA would additionally pay for air conditioning units for the
Citing cooperation between CPA and the university, Dr. Mohammad thanked Dr.
Saunders for the computer center, as well as a $40,000 grant for the purchase of
new books for the universityís libraries. He made a pitch for continued support
for Arbilís main educational institution and its 15,000 students.
Salahaddin University sent students to the US earlier this year as Fulbright
Scholars, the first group of Iraqis to take part in this program in fourteen
years. Another student will be taking part in the Middle East Partnership
Initiative summer program in American Studies at Georgetown University in July
Contact for the internet center at Salahaddin University: Ms. Khwazbeen Fattah,