About The University


About the University of Kurdistan Hawler

The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr which is locate on the 30 Meter Avenue, Hewlêr (Erbil), Kurdistan – Iraq, is an initiative of and is funded by the Regional Government of Kurdistan. It opened its doors in 2006 as the First and only Public, English-medium and Independent University in Iraq. Since then, its structure has changed noticeably with the intention of contributing more to “Promoting the Kurdistan Region through Academic Excellence”. Today, the University has 3 Schools, 4 Academic Departments, the English Language Centre, and 7 Administration Departments. 
The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr is dedicated to being the region's leading centre of excellence in research and teaching and in the dissemination and application of knowledge to further the industrial, economic, cultural, environmental and social development of Kurdistan. The University has a focus to produce graduates with the expertise and intellectual capacity and curiosity required to meet the challenges facing Kurdistan, the wider region and world-wide. In achieving these regional aims, UKH is open to all who qualify on academic merit and is committed to actively taking part in the development process with a positive inspiring spirit. 
Our teaching philosophy is to teach our students how to think and not what to think. Hence, we strive not simply to instill in our students factual knowledge and give them information that is of use only in the classroom. We strive to train our students in critical analytical thinking and provide them with practical skills that will be of benefit in their future professional careers. 
Through a cadre of highly motivated and internationally trained and recognized academic and research staff, UKH provides research training (UG and PG) and generates research that will advance knowledge and inform policy and decision makers in the region. Hence, research at UKH focuses on and engages in promoting and supporting sustainable development and responding to market needs in the region and beyond. UKH currently offers degrees in Politics and International Relations (UG and PG), Business and Management (UG and PG), Public Sector Management (UG), Economics and Finance (UG), Accounting (UG), Computer Engineering (UG), Computer Science (UG), Telecommunication Systems Engineering (UG), Petroleum Engineering (UG and PG), Water Resources Engineering (UG), Mineral Resources Engineering (UG), Civil Engineering (UG), Medicine and Surgery (UG). Computer Systems Engineering (PG), and Executive MBA based on regional needs and student demands
Vision Statement 
Our vision is to be distinguished locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality learning opportunities and for carrying out research, enterprise and community engagement activities that are strongly linked to the needs and development of Kurdistan and the wider region. 

Mission Statement 
UKH’s mandate is to educate and train young talents to become the driving force for sustainable development, improving the standard of living and leading intellectual life in the Kurdistan region and in Iraq in general. More specifically, UKH mission is to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for:  Providing high quality learning opportunities that are driven by local vision and governed by high international standards.  Producing graduates that not only have skills and knowledge in their discipline areas, but are critical thinkers able to shape the future of the region and beyond.  Disseminating and applying knowledge to further the industrial, economical, cultural and social development of Kurdistan and the region.  Continuing education and life-long learning that plays a key role in the up-skilling of the workforce in Kurdistan and the region.  Carrying out research and enterprise activities that directly address the needs of Kurdistan.