Major donation funds research and teaching on Mesopotamia

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This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

UCL has received a donation of more than £11 million for research and teaching on the history, heritage and languages of Mesopotamia, the ancient land now home to modern-day Iraq, Northern Syria and Eastern Turkey.

The gift will fund both Iraqi-led research to create economic and social benefits for local communities, and a dedicated new UK hub at UCL for Ancient Middle Eastern Languages.

Professor Eleanor Robson (Head of Department, UCL History) said, “This outstandingly generous donation will help transcend barriers associated with a fragile, post-conflict state and ensure Iraqis can reclaim their ancient heritage as local history – with all the social, cultural, economic and educational benefits that can bring.”

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This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

UCL has received a donation of more than £11 million for research and teaching on the history, heritage and languages of Mesopotamia, the ancient land now home to modern-day Iraq, Northern Syria and Eastern Turkey.

The gift will fund both Iraqi-led research to create economic and social benefits for local communities, and a dedicated new UK hub at UCL for Ancient Middle Eastern Languages.

Professor Eleanor Robson (Head of Department, UCL History) said, “This outstandingly generous donation will help transcend barriers associated with a fragile, post-conflict state and ensure Iraqis can reclaim their ancient heritage as local history – with all the social, cultural, economic and educational benefits that can bring.”

Photograph Getty Images

 

This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

UCL has received a donation of more than £11 million for research and teaching on the history, heritage and languages of Mesopotamia, the ancient land now home to modern-day Iraq, Northern Syria and Eastern Turkey.

The gift will fund both Iraqi-led research to create economic and social benefits for local communities, and a dedicated new UK hub at UCL for Ancient Middle Eastern Languages.

Professor Eleanor Robson (Head of Department, UCL History) said, “This outstandingly generous donation will help transcend barriers associated with a fragile, post-conflict state and ensure Iraqis can reclaim their ancient heritage as local history – with all the social, cultural, economic and educational benefits that can bring.”

Photograph Getty Images