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Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Implements Postgraduate Digital Literacy and Language Exam Requirements

Certiport (www.certiport.com) and the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research today announced a strategic initiative to align Iraq's higher education system with its global counterparts by adopting the Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) and the ETS ITP-TOEFL® (and TOEFL) exams.

Embracing globally recognized standards that help individuals excel in today's competitive marketplace, all Iraqi students applying for postgraduate studies are now required to pass the IC³ and ITP-TOEFL exams to prove their digital literacy and English language proficiency.

Details about Certiport IC³: http://www.certiport.com/ic3

The implementation of these exams as a requirement for applicants, approximately 50,000 this year, comes after a review of the preparedness of Iraqi graduates to work internationally showed they lacked basic computing skills.

“We have been living in scientific isolation for the past 35 years, and now is the time for Iraq to re-emerge as a respected leader in higher education standards,” said Dr. Ammar Hasan, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Iraq. “We previously administered our own English language and technology exams, and although they were valuable, Iraqi students were not adequately prepared in these core areas. We are pleased to offer the internationally recognized IC³ and TOEFL exams to help Iraqi students succeed in their international education, careers, travel and diplomacy.”

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³) provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. Certiport, the leading provider of test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets, will help Iraq administer practice IC³ exams beginning in June at various university testing centers.

“As we worked with the Ministry of Higher Education to introduce digital literacy curriculum and exams into Iraq, we were impressed with their commitment to improve students’ basic computer and Internet skills,” said Ray Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Certiport. “By requiring postgraduate applicants to pass the international digital literacy standard, IC³ exam, Iraq is taking the necessary steps to improve their education system’s reputation and raising the bar for students to become more competitive in the global job market and international academic programs.”

For more information about these and other globally recognized certification programs, please visit www.certiport.com.

ABOUT CERTIPORT

Certiport is the leading provider of value-added, computerized test delivery services that include an expansive network of Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Its comprehensive services encompass test development, psychometrics, program management, sales and marketing for the official Microsoft® Office certification programs, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the iCritical Thinking™ Certification powered by ETS, the CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals and the Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers almost 2 million exams each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 142 countries and 24 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit www.certiport.com.

ABOUT MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research regulates all administrative and financial issues for more than 23 academic institutions in Iraq including: universities, commissions, scientific research centers and boards. It acts to achieve quantitative and qualitative changes towards the scientific progress in Iraq maintaining coordination between the cultural heritage and the scientific capabilities with applied advanced techniques, while guaranteeing alignment with international scientific and cultural institutions. For more information, visit www.moheiraq.org.

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