Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research honors Anbar’s Renewable Energy Research Center

May 10, 2014

Anbar Renewable Research Center technical staff testing equipment. Photo by UNDP Iraq 2014

Saturday 10 May 2014,H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq,Mr. Ali Al-Adeeb, granted excellence medals for Iraqi scientists and educational and research institutions of Iraq in a ceremony called “Iraq’s Science Day”. One of the honored research centers was Anbar Renewable Research Center which was established with the support of UNDP as an initiative under its Umbrella Project for Energy and Environment.

In 2010, UNDP’s project started a pilot project with an initiative to establish a renewable energy research unit at the University of Anbar, and with time this idea grew to be an RE Research Center that can serve the university, Anbar Governorate and all of Iraq. For this purpose, UNDP signed a Letter of Agreement in December 2010 with Anbar University where the university will provide with sufficient space, and personnel to support the center, while UNDP will provide with technical assistance, equipment and capacity building.

In July 2012, Anbar University with the support of UNDP managed to get the official recognition for the RE Research Center by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which made them a national center under engineering and technology. This major step encouraged UNDP to provide more technical assistance, testing equipment and reference materials through the closure of the project by end of December 2013. All of these efforts and the hard work of the Center’s management and personnel, led to this honoring prize of excellence by getting the third position among all Iraqi scientific and research centers, despite the fact that the Anbar center is one of the newest centers.

UNDP included Anbar Renewable Energy Research Center as one of the key local partners for Iraq’s new Global Environment Fund new initiative, and will continue to support and interact through its cluster for environment and Energy.


Thair Shraideh, Programme Specialist

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