The University of Duhok (UoD) is a fast-growing institution in the city of Duhok. It plays a vital role in developing the community by instigating socioeconomic, cultural, scientific as well as educational progress in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Graduates from the University of Duhok currently contribute to the enhancement and capacity building in the public and private sectors of the Duhok Governorate.
The University of Duhok was founded on 31st of October 1992, following a resolution by the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region to address the increasing demand for higher education in the region. The first colleges to be established in the university were the College of Medicine and the College of Agriculture. Initially, the Medical College had 48 students while the College of Agriculture had 166. During the first two years, the two embargos imposed by the UN on Iraq and by the Iraqi Central Government on Kurdistan contributed to the slow paced growth of the University and the poor economic conditions in Kurdistan. After these hardships had passed, the university found itself in a position to steer towards advancement and fresh growth. It expanded to establish 14 colleges, each with specialized departments.
By 2010 the UoD had 17 colleges and a Higher Institute of Planning. After applying a reform in the Kurdistan Region in 2010, the structure of the UoD has changed to a Faculty System. Today, the UoD has 11 faculties with 22 schools, more than 14000 undergraduate students and 915 graduate students.
The UoD provides facilities such as laboratories, libraries, computing services, sports facilities, housing accommodations and extra-curricular activities to all registered students in order to inspire ambition and excellence in a nurturing learning environment.
The UoD has thus a mission to supply an educated populace to the public and private sectors while conducting value added research. The university depends principally on assistance provided by the government while remaining firm about maintaining an independent status.
The University of Duhok is a member of International Association of Universities (IAU), European Association for International Education (EAIE), and Association of Arab Universities (AARU).