On May 17, 2018, representatives from LCC International University and Yazda, a global Yazidi organization, met at the latter’s offices in Duhok, Iraq, to discuss the successes and further planning of their ongoing collaboration. Yazda assists LCC in identifying qualified students for the Middle East Scholars program for study at LCC International University, in Klaipeda, Lithuania. These scholarships are awarded with cooperation and support from the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and LCC. The scholarships are intended to help war-affected students from the region whose circumstances have otherwise prevented it, to gain access to university education. The LCC Vice-President of Marketing, Aistė Motekaitienė, and the Vice-President of Academics, Dr. J.D. Mininger, are visiting Kurdistan (Iraq) on behalf of LCC’s efforts with the aforementioned scholarship program. They are offering language testing to registered participants and conducting follow-up interviews with potential qualified candidates in sites in the Kurdish cities of Duhok and Erbil. Yazda is a Yazidi organization that serves the Yazidi community in locations around the world. In and around Duhok they assist the Yazidi community in recovering from the many effects of the genocidal campaign suffered in 2014 when many Yazidis were displaced from the Sinjar region to Kurdistan. In Duhok and in its immediate vicinity there are 22 refugee and IDP camps, many of which serve Yazidis.
LCC MES program is funded by the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme.