University of Kurdistan


Welcome to the University of Kurdistan

The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (arbil) opened its doors in 2006 as the First and only Public, English-medium and Independent University in Iraq. The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr is an initiative of and is funded by the Regional Government of Kurdistan.

UKH is an English-speaking public University 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 (MSc’s and PhD’s) 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 Business and Management Sciences, Political Sciences and International Relations, Computer Science and Engineering, and Natural Resource Engineering and Management based on regional needs and student demands.

University Mission
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.

With nearly 400 of the most qualified and well-educated students in Kurdistan and the wider region, we can rightly say that our mission is being met with success.


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Computer Science & Engineering
Natural Resources Engineering & Management
English Language Centre

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