Last updated Number of students accepted at the world accredited Universities within the HCED program: 29 students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale - 22 students in Florida Institute of Technology - 20 students in University of Central Florida - 18 students in University of Bridgeport - 13 students in University of Kentucky - 11 students in Gannon University - 13 students in University of Missouri Columbia - 13 students in Kent state University - 12 students in Valparaiso University - 11 students in University of Iowa - 7 students in Youngstown state University - 7 students in West Virginia University - 9 students in California state University Fullerton - 6 students in Winthrop University - 7 students in Monterey Institute of International Studies - 14 students in Michigan state University - 5 students in Oregon state University - 4 students in Ohio University - 9 students in The University of Arkansas Fayetteville - 12 students in University of Kansas - 4 students in University of Colorado Denver - 7 students in The state University of New York at Buffalo - 5 students in Emporia state University - 3 students in St. Michael’s College - 3 students in University of Wisconsin at Madison - 3 students in The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 2 students in University of Central Missouri - 3 students in Troy University - 1 students in University of Missouri at St. Louis - 2 students in Virginia Commonwealth University - 2 students in Embry Riddle - 1 students in Southern Illinois Edwards Ville - 7 students in Texas A & M University - 1 students in Golden Gate University - 2 students in University of Texas at Austin - 1 students in Clemson University - 27 students in University of Salford - 13 students in University of Nottingham - 13 students in Newcastle University - 8 students in University of Southampton - 14 students in University of Sheffield - 4 students in University of Glasgow - 8 students in University of Manchester - 4 students in University of Exeter - 6 students in Bangor University - 4 students in Sheffield Hallam University - 3 students in University of Birmingham - 7 students in University of Portsmouth - 2 students in University of Hull - 3 students in University of Leeds - 7 students in University of Leicester - 1 students in Coventry University - 2 students in University of Liverpool - 1 students in University of Buckingham - 2 students in Marshall University - 1 students in Oklahoma City University - 1 students in Portland State University - 1 students in Queen's University Belfast - 16 students in Rutgers, The State University of New Jersy - 6 students in University College London - 1 students in University of Bradford - 4 students in University of Evansville - 1 students in University of London: ST George's Hospital School - 8 students in University of South Carolina - 1 students in University of Surrey - 1 students in University of Toledo - 2 students in University of Warwick - 2 students in University of Wyoming - 4 students in Wayne State University - 2 students in Western Michigan University.

Since the late eighties, this issue has been presented as an issue of free speech. We all recognize the essential importance of free speech, and no one can be more sensitized to its importance than those who have lived under dictatorship and who have struggled against tyranny. So I value free speech, and value it more than others, but with free speech comes respossibility. To me, free speech does not mean insulting or libeling individuals, or mocking the sacred beliefs of believers whether they are Muslims, Jews or Christians. The invitation contradicts the values that NAFSA stands for of building understanding and respect among different peoples. This is my opinion and here I am exercising my free speech.

Now back again to Iraq. I would like to tell the distinguish audience that, contrary to what you hear, and see on the television, I remain very optimistic about Iraq’s future. I am hopeful that 10 years from now, I will be able to reflect and tell everybody that education made the difference and that US colleges and universities played a significant role in this process.
Finally, I would like to thank the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki for his vision and for his continues support for the Iraqi Education Initiative. Also, I sincerely thank NAFSA for this great honor. Thank you again and God bless you.

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