On Saturday, 14 Nov, 2009, the Minister, , Prof. Ala’Aldeen visited Hawler Medical University (HMU) and met with Dr. Pshtiwan H. Bazaz, President of the University, and members of the University Council. Prof. Ala’Aldeen took this opportunity to listen to the academic leaders and students who complained about chronic issues that have hindered progress. The Minister outlined his vision and strategy for implementing change in Higher Education system in Kurdistan. He emphasized the enormity of the challenges ahead and urged all stakeholders to work together for the common goal. The HMU staff and students welcomed the proposed changes in the system and promised their full support.