Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SUN, 21 APR 2019 05:56 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: MON, 7 MAY 2018 09:52
Inaugural Ceremony of The First Branch of Czech VSB- Technical University of Ostrava

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Yousif Goran among other Government Officials, professors and academics attended the inaugural ceremony first branch of Czech VSB- Technical University of Ostrava, opened in Erbil on May 2nd, 2018.

During the opening ceremony, Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa emphasized that the bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Czech Republic are indeed rewarding, and KRG is pleased to have the Czech Government as a reliable partner. “Today we are not only here to mark another milestone in enriching our academic environment but also to reaffirm and value our longstanding relations with the Czech Republic” he stated.

“KRG views academic exchange as a key pillar of its public diplomacy. Through academic and educational exchange we intend to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and other nations” he added

The Minister also stressed the importance of coordination in today's post ISIS war-phase on taking the responsibility of working together to enrich and expedite the recovery process.

Head of DFR also touched upon the effective role played by the Czech Republic in showing support and solidarity to the people of Kurdistan Region, during times of challenge over the past years.


On behalf of KRG DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa concluded his speech once again by expressing his gratitude for all who turned this dream into reality and for this significant initiative and wished them many prosperous academic years ahead.

KRG Minister of MHE, Dr. Yousif Goran also delivered a speech and expressed his pleasure at opening the first branch of Ostrava University; where he stated “Today we are the witness of the beginning of new experience in the higher education sector developments in Kurdistan Region”.

Dr. Goran added, ”the Technical University of Ostrava is ranked among the best educational institutions in the world”. KRG Minister of MHE also thanked the Czech Ostrava University for choosing Kurdistan Region to open a branch in.

During the inauguration ceremony of the university branch, in addition to several other speeches, a documentary film was also presented on the history of the founding of the University of Ostrava.


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