Iraq university courses suspended due to violence

Azzaman, August 13 – The University of Diyala has suspended post-graduate studies at two colleges for lack of staff.

Iraqi professors are fleeing the country and many universities are short of teachers.

Alaa Shaker, the university chancellor, said for the post-graduate studies to continue a department should have at least one full professor and two associate ones.

“The deteriorating security conditions have forced many professors to stay away from the university,” he said.

The Province of Diyala, of which Baaquba is the capital, has emerged as a major stronghold of anti-U.S. rebels.

Baaquba is 50 kilometers northeast of Baghdad and falls within the so-called Sunni Triangle.

It is seen as a major base of Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad movement which claims responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in the country.