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University Failures Threaten Iraq's Professionals

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University Failures Threaten Iraq's Professionals

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University Failures Threaten Iraq's Professionals

University Failures Threaten Iraq's Professionals

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Iraq was once proud of its doctors, engineers and professors. Many hoped that with Saddam's fall and the end of economic sanctions, there would be a resurgence of professional skills.

But the Ministry of Education says only 30 percent of Iraq's students are currently attending classes — the lowest level since U.S. troops invaded Iraq four years ago. The universities, which are directly linked to Iraq's future, are on the verge of collapse.