The University of Anbar is one of the higher education institutions that suffered severe damage. The university's campuses became battlefields, bombs and mortar shells destroyed many of their buildings and facilities.
Two and a half years have passed since recapturing the University of Anbar form IS, yet the university premises still look as if they have just witnessed intensive fighting. As is the case with all liberated cities, the Iraqi government has neglected Ramadi and has not even tried to rebuild any destroyed learning institutions in the city.
A staff member of the University of Anbar, who declined to reveal his name, said in an interview that after retaking the university from IS the university management appointed a committee to assess the damage caused by the military operations.
Some personnel in Iraq's army, federal police and anti-terrorism special units took the university vehicles which the staff and students had used for commuting.
“They repainted these vehicles with khaki military colour rejecting to return them to the university. They also took many vehicles belonging to the university president's office.” the witness added.
The university staff member has also revealed that he complained about the theft and other wrongdoings that the "16th Brigade" personnel had committed, but he later decided to keep silent after receiving threats from them.
Despite the rubble remaining on its premises and facilities, the university has decided to reopen its faculties and resume education at its campuses. “You can see close to the accommodation of the university staff and students, there is a pond filled with rubble and red signs warning there are still unexploded bombs and shells." said the witness.
On June 2017, the Minister of Higher education, Abdul Razzaq al Issa, announced that new committees had been formed to assess the damage inflicted on universities in liberated provinces and rebuilding plans for these universities would be set out. Yet, the University of Anbar has not received any attention from the Iraqi government. Major work is desperately needed to get the university rebuilt.