WASHINGTON (AP) _ Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his
country plans to send up to 10,000 Iraqi students a year to
colleges in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and
Australia over the next five years as a part of a new scholarship
Al-Maliki says stability in Iraq has allowed the country to
focus on education after years of war.
He says there's great ambition behind the new program ``because
our needs are great.''
The Iraqi government is funding the scholarship program. It will
allow students to earn bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.
The country plans to start about 500 students in U.S. and U.K.
schools this fall.