The National Focal Point for Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)

National focal points of international scientific cooperation, in line with the policy of the Center for International Scientific Cooperation, were created in 2013 by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to organize new international scientific collaborations with focus on policymaking, monitoring, support and decentralization of executive duties and implementation of programmes, follow-up and synergy at institutional level in a coherent and cluster organizational structure. During several consultative meetings, the views of a selected number of universities and higher education institutes were obtained, and after consultation with some vice presidents and heads of international offices, the initial list of national focal points and its temporary executive instructions reached the hearing and opinion of the highest authority of the ministry in December 2015. After the initial approval and support of Dr. Farhadi for this plan, the decrees of the head of 15 national authorities were issued.
 The main mission of the focal point is to design, plan and implement programmes for the development of scientific cooperation with the target country through the participation of universities and research and technology centers, particularly member universities and research and technology centers, and the establishment and implementation of joint educational courses, recruiting foreign students, conducting joint research projects, providing study opportunities, exchange of academic staff and students, holding meetings, workshops and scientific seminars and any programme that leads to the development and deepening of international bilateral activities.

The main objectives of these focal points are as follows:
  • to attract participation and decentralization of the international scientific executive activities of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology;
  • directing the centers' responsibilities towards policymaking, monitoring, support and evaluation of international scientific activities of universities and research and technology centers;
  • using the capacities of universities and research and technology centers in the development of international scientific cooperation;
  • aiding internationalization as a necessary principle in the scientific interactions of universities and research and technology centers;
  • identifying the operational, policy-making, executive stages and determining the priorities of international scientific cooperation, and determining cooperation priorities based on goals, needs and facilities; and
  • pushing international scientific cooperation towards content-oriented cooperation.
As the aim is to make each national focal point a gateway for initiating, establishing, and enhancing collaboration with the target country, the website address of each national focal point is provided below for other authorities and educational institutions interested in collaborating.
National Focal Point Target Country
University of Kurdistan Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Isfahan University of Technology Switzerland
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad India
University of Sistan and Baluchistan Pakistan
Khwarazmi University Austria
Yazd University Hungary
Iran University of Science and Technology Germany
Shahid Beheshti University Russia and Kazakhstan
Tabriz University Turkey
Amirkabir University of Technology France
Tarbiat Modares University Japan
Isfahan University South Korea
Sharif University of Technology China

The system for receiving information on the cooperation of member universities of the working group with the KRG

For collaboration with universities in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, please register your interest in the following registration system or contact the International Affairs Office of the University of Kurdistan. For more information on universities in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, please see the list with website links below.

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List of Universities in Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq

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1 University of Duhok, Duhok
2 Hawler Medical University, Erbil
3 University of Koya, Koya
4 Charmo University, Chamchamal
5 University of Raparin, Ranya
6 University of Salahaddin, Erbil
7 Soran University, Soran
8 University of Sulaimani, Suliemani
9 Sulaimani Polytechnic University
10 University of Zakho, Zakho
11 Duhok Polytechnic University DPU, Duhok
12 Erbil Polytechnic University, Erbil
13 University of Halabja, Halabja
14 University of Garmian, Kalar