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For the first time [never / ever] , an Iraqi University has been listed among the best universities [in / on] the world. The University of Baghdad has made it onto the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This is an [annual / annually] list of the world's top 1,250 universities [for / from] research and development. The University of Baghdad has been [raked / ranked] in the range from 801 to a thousand on the list of best universities. Phil Baty, the [editorial / edit] director of the Times, stated that the university had "distinguished" itself for [had / having] a "very strong international cooperation". He said the University of Baghdad had played an [integer / integral] role in the reconstruction of Iraq [post / after] its recent conflicts and [internal / internally] strife.

The University of Baghdad (also [called / calls] Baghdad University) is the largest university in Iraq and the second largest in the Arab world, [behind / before] the University of Cairo. Its [roots / routes] go as far back as the year 1067, when it was [knowing / known] as Abu Haneefa. The first of the university's modern departments was [floundered / founded] in 1908. It was formally established [as / was] the University of Baghdad in 1956. It managed to [stay / stray] open throughout the invasions and occupations of Iraq during this century. The ranking on the Times list is [seeing / seen] as a prestigious accolade by many of its [academia / academics] and students. One student said: "I am so proud of Baghdad University. It means the [world / word] to us to be held in such high esteem."

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