The University of Mosul is in the final stages of its efforts to re-emerge from the ruins left by the Islamic State. It announced this month that its publishing house, Dar Ibn Al Atheer Printing and Publishing, will officially reopen in November.
Two other reconstruction projects, of the university’s central library and theater, are also nearing completion, and other building projects are finished or well underway.
The campus’s progress toward recovery stands in sharp contrast to the scene that greeted members of the university’s Division of Construction and Projects when they first visited the campus after eastern Mosul was liberated from the militant group in January 2017.
Looking on soot-covered, bombed-out buildings, the engineers felt hopeless and, for a moment, they thought it was the end of Iraq’s second-largest university.
“More than 150 buildings suffered a damage of 10 to 100 percent,” Osama Ahmed Hamdoun, an engineer and director of the Construction and Projects Division, told Al-Fanar Media.