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Murray State professor will work as a trustee for an Iraq university

MURRAY, KY (AP) - Murray State University education professor Michael Basile is serving on the first board of trustees at a new university in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Basile, who is former director of Murray State's Institute for International Studies, has worked for about 15 years with the university's first president, Salah Aziz, to help develop civil society institutions in Iraqi Kurdistan. When Aziz established the new Kurdistan University of Science and Technology, he asked Basile to serve as a trustee.

Basile has worked to try to establish a new English language acquisition program similar to the English as a second language program at Murray State.

Murray State says the Kurdish university's first students are expected to enroll next month.

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