The University of Northampton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Babylon.
The prominent Iraq university has been associated with the University of Northampton since 2012, when delegates from the University of Babylon first visited Northampton's School of Science and Technology. Further discussion has identified areas of mutual interest for academic and research collaboration and knowledge transfer between the two institutions. The University of Babylon has also expressed interest in implementing Northampton's social enterprise model at their university.
Signed on Monday at Avenue Campus, the formal agreement includes provisions for joint research activities, staff development for teaching and research and student exchange visits. The agreement was signed and witnessed by the University of Northampton's Vice-Chancellor Nick Petford, and the University of Babylon's delegation; Professor Adil Al-Baghdadi, Professor Dhirgham Alkhafaji, Professor Adil Abbas Alwan and Professor Tawfiq Abdulkhaleq Al-Assadi.
Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Executive Dean of the School of Science and Technology, commented: "This is a significant partnership that fits in with the School's internationalisation plan and we are delighted about progress."