Salahaddin University-Erbil

Salahaddin University
Motto "Kurdistan's Capital University"
Type Public
Established 1968 in Sulaimaniya
1981 moved to Erbil
President Dr Ahmed Enwer Dizeyî
Undergraduates 24,000 Total (Undergrad)
Postgraduates 1200 Total (Postgrad)
Location Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
Campus Urban
Colors Dark Red

Salahaddin University-Erbil (Zankoy Selaheddîn-hewler, زانکۆی سەلاحەدین-هەولێر in Kurdish) is the oldest and biggest public higher education institution in Kurdistan region. It is located in Erbil (Hewler), capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Salahaddin University-Erbil was established in 1968 and was originally based in Sulaimani. It was moved to Erbil in 1981. Initially, the university included seven Academic Colleges: Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Administration, Arts, Education, and Medicine. In 1985, a college of Law and Politics was added, followed by the colleges of Dentistry in 1995. Several more were established in the following years so that by 2004, the university offered courses in 22 departments. In 2005, the departments of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy split from Salahaddin University to establish Hawler Medical University.

The University is a member of the International Association of Universities (listed under the Iraq section with its Kurdish name Zankoy Salahaddin[1]) and grants various academic degrees and certificates to qualified individuals, including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). A Medical degree (MD) is also granted by the Medical College.

Faculties and colleges

Child Universities

  1. Hawler Medical University (Erbil city)
  2. Soran University (Soran city)

Notable alumni

More than 100,000 alumni, including Nawzad Hadi, The Governor of Erbil, Yousif Mohammed,The President of Kurdistan Parliament, Nouri al-Maliki, ex-Prime Minister of Iraq. Soran Barzinjy.


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