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Established in 1987 though several of its colleges started about twenty years earlier. Today, University of Kufa is the house of 19 colleges, 74 departments with 1701 instructors, 1322 technicians and 1303 employees. It serves about 20,000 students. Recently the University of Kufa hosted the "UNESCO chair for interreligious dialogue studies in the Islamic world" (UniTwin). This program aims at producing multi-disciplinary academic knowledge on aspects of Sunni-Shi’i relations and to contribute original research to the study of non-Muslims in Muslim majority society. In 2015 academic staff from the UoK took part the activities of Turkish leaded project EURAS. The College of Archaeology was founded in 2011-2012. It started with two major departments: Ancient archaeology & Islamic archaeology. It awards BA degree following four years of education, serving about 350 students. The University of Kufa (UoK) will lead Work Package 6 - Exploitation & Sustainability. It will also participate in all planned activities of the project, including local and context analysis, quality control, promotion and dissemination activities. 

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MUHSIN A. AL-DHALIMI. President of University of Kufa. Since 1990 he has worked as researcher, Professor and Vice Chancellor for Scientific Affairs in the University of Kufa. He has published several articles in international scientific journals and he was also Head of Department of Dermatology.


MUHSEN ABOOD AL-IBADI. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the University of Kufa and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. After graduating (M.Sc.) at Babylon University in Physical Chemistry in 1997, Prof. Al-Ibadi obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University (UK) in 2011. While at Oxford he was a member of Wolfson College and an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC). In 2012 he joined the Deparment of Chemistry of Kufa University as an Assistant Professor. He has published several articles in international scientific journals and he took part to national, as well as international, academic conferences, workshops, capacity building and training initiatives.

FATIMA ABBAS SALMAN Al-MAAMOURI. Head of the Archaeology Department of the University since 2015. Prof. Al Maamouri obtained her BA (1990), MA (2008) and PhD (2013) degrees at the University of Baghdad - College of Arts, Department of Archaeology. She held the position of Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology of the Qadisiyah University between 2008 and 2014. Between 1992 and 1999 she acted as inspector for the Najaf and Babylon branches of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) of Iraq. She worked in the Hammurabi Museum from 2000 to 2006, between 2009 and 2010 she acted as Director of the Babylon Museum and between 2010 and 2013 she was in charge of the reopening and maintenance project of the Nebuchadnezzar Museum in Babylon. Between 2013 and 2014 she was part of the Technical Committee of the Iraq Museum of Baghdad for the SBAH. She also participated to training initiatives in Japan and Germany, as well as to many national and academic conferences. Prof. Al Maamouri participates to archaeological campaigns since 1992, among which, maintenance works and excavations in the site of Babylon (1993, 1998, 2000). In 2009 she directed the archaeological project at Masnaya (Alsada), and a conservation project in Babylon. She has published extensively in national scientific journals. She is currently working on two books dealing with Sumerian period texts and materials in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Iraq Museum. 

HAYDER KEREM ALHAMDANY. Lecturer at the Faculty of Education at University of Kufa and is also acting as the Head of the Department of Scholarships and Cultural Relations at the same University. He is currently also freelance interpreter and translator (English/Arabic or vice versa) for several private and government agencies, such as Australian Defence ForceDepartment of Human Services (DHS). In addition, after having being completed his PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Adelaide, Prof. Al Hamdany started his second PhD in Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). He is author of several university syllabi and more than 10 scientific publications in international journals.

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