Ball State University will be opening up a school in Baghdad, Iraq next year. The program was created to help scholarship students in Iraq learn English before they head to the United States to continue their education.
Ken Holland, Dean of the Rinker Center for International Programs at Ball State, says the students never learned English because of the rule of Saddam Hussein.
“We’ll send our teachers to Baghdad. They’ll live on the campus and they’ll be teaching English,” he says. “Also, there’ll be 40 Iraqi English teachers and our five American teachers will be supervising them as well.”
Holland says Ball State was chosen because of its partnership with Tikrit University in Iraq. The teachers in the program have not yet been selected but he does expect many volunteers. The university will be using a renovated military base to house the school. The program is scheduled to begin next July.