Kulongoski to sell sustainable development in Iraq
By Andy Giegerich, Business Journal Staff Writer
Business Journal Staff Writer
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has extended a Middle East trip as he plans to sign several business development agreements in Iraq and Kuwait.
Among other agreements, Kulongoski plans to ink a memorandum of understanding with Iraq related to higher education. The agreements will establish five-year partnerships on sustainable development initiatives linked to engineering, infrastructure and water use.
Oregon State University and Michael Scott Mater Foundation representatives will join Kulongoski in Baghdad Nov. 3. The representatives will agree to a joint partnership that could expand research lab capacity, promote international student and faculty exchanges, and promote other sustainability modes at Iraq’s public engineering colleges.
Kulongoski's office said this MOU represents the first such agreement with the nation of Iraq and a state following the war. The MOU was initiated by the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and formalizes the partnership between the State of Oregon, OSU, MSMF and the Iraqi higher education system to establish a five-year plan to achieve mutual goals for sustainable development.
"Oregon State University is on the cutting edge of sustainable engineering in many areas from our technology for developing water resources to support dry land agriculture in the face of increasing water shortages to green building and infrastructure to renewable energy," Kulongoski said in a statement.
The governor will return to Oregon Nov. 4.
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