About The University

About Koya University

Koya University is located in the city of Koya (Koysinjaq), which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature.
The Koya University was established in 2003 and has developed noticeably. In 2010, Koya University was restructured from colleges to faculty systems to enhance the interactions between similar academic fields. Today the University has 4 faculties -Engineering, Sciences and Health,Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and a School of Medicine which consist of 25 departments in different fields, such as Petroleum Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Social Science and Medical Microbiology as well as Sport Education.
After the Kurdish uprising of 1991 and the liberation of large parts of Iraqi Kurdistan, the process of promoting education become the stream policy of Kurdish establishment. Kurdistan regional government (KRG) played a vital role in setting up academic institutions. In addition to developing Salahaddin University, the KRG reopened the Sulaimani University as well as establishing Duhok University.
Continuing to promoting education as a milestone in nation building process the KRG opened both colleges of Education, Sharia and Law during academic year of 2000-2001 in the city of Koya which were affiliated to Sulaimani University. Later, they became the foundation for Koya University. On the 11 October 2003 in the presence of the Prime Minister Dr Barham Salah, the Minister of Higher Education Ministry, students and teachers, the foundation of Koya University was laid by Mr Jalal Talabani.
In accordance with the ministerial order issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research / Decree No.370/1/6 on 28//1/ 2004 and in compliance with the article(1) of Council of Ministers, Presidency decree No.(218) on 29 November 2003 Koya University was established for the academic year (2003–2004). The first graduation ceremony of Koya University was held on July, 20th, 2006.

Vision Statement

To enable a brighter future and create a sustainable future for Koya University in which the students and staff thrive. Furthermore Koya University strives to:
  1. become known as a centre of excellence for ensuring the quality of education at the local, regional and international levels.
  2. be a centre of research and teaching, dedicated to developing and disseminating original knowledge to benefit the our world and Kurdistan in particular. This is underpinned by a commitment by its administration.
  3. achieve excellence under the climate which characterised by independence, freedom and democracy, including equality, and contribute to community service and sustainable development.
Aim and Objectives of Koya University
  1. ensure the quality of education and continuous development through awareness of the culture of quality.
  2. coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and with other educational institutions to ensure access to an integrated system of standards and rules of comparisons of development and mechanisms for measuring performance and guided by international standards.
  3. providing continuous consulting and training courses for faculty members at the university.
  4. continuous development of educational programs and graduate programs in line with the requirements of the times and lead to the quality of graduates.
  5. upgrading managing the university through the electronic management, including help to strengthen the link between the schools and the link with other local educational institutions, at a regional and global level.
  6. development of better education and establishing new programs to achieve accreditation and respond to local and regional competitive.
  7. establishing specialised scientific centers of effective training, community service and advancing the development and cultural progress.
  8. provide an atmosphere of creativity and excellence and deepening of the noble values that maintain the fabric of society and progress.
Mission Statement

At Koya University we are committed to providing a truly inspiring education, promote our students, producing leading research and benefiting the communities in Kurdistan. Our purpose is to improve life for individuals and societies. We aim in line of innovation and excellence in all that we do, we make both knowledge and discoveries matter.
The support the University provides to students is a foundation upon which self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built: Koya University expects that the free education and good working collaborative environment fosters in its students will lead them in their later lives to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society. The students shall see themselves as assets to future of Kurdistan.
Koya University's goals are set at engendering substantive education to help ensure that both faculty and students thrive and excel in their fields of interest. To achieve this, the University shall endeavor to:
  1. Become known as a center of educational integrity and excellence by ensuring a high quality of education at the local, regional and global levels;
  2. Become known as a center for research and education dedicated to collecting, developing and disseminating substantive knowledge to benefit Kurdistan as much as the world at large;
  3. Maintain an ideology of academic freedom, independence of thought, equality among all and at all levels; dedication to the idea of democracy and freedom, and contribution to the local and regional community in service and sustainable development.
  4. Promote a healthy and equal working environment.

Big Achievement
One of the big achievement of Koya University is getting Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) indexing (ESCI) for the ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, since Feb. 2016. 
The Aro is a scientific journal published by the Koya University with e-ISSN: 2307-549X, p-ISSN: 2410-9355 and DOI: 10.14500/2307-549X. Aro is a journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary. The Aro Scientific Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of Science.