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Facts and History

University of Human Development founded in 2008 by Professor Dr. Ali Al Qaradaghi. UHD is a private, national, non-profit university that is a leader in social and health science education and human development through teaching, research and scholarship and innovation. The University of Human Development opened on an Official Order No. 19211/3 on December 16, 2008, issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kurdistan Regional Government. Also, UHD is a national university licensed by Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research according to Ministerial Order No. 6613 dated Sept. 24, 2017. University of Human Development recognized as a community leader in providing a superior student-centered learning experience, preparing graduates for success in their fields with encouraging progressive thinking, embracing modern technology, and paying attention to the practical side for each specialty.

UHD has noticeably expanded, and currently has five colleges embracing Nine departments with a total of over 2500 students.
College of Law and Politics
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Diplomacy and Public Relations
College of Science and Technology
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Technology
College of Languages
  • Department of English
College of Administration and Economics
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Finance and Banking
College of Health Science
  • Department of Medical Laboratory Science

Vision and Mission

University of Human Development strives to positively contribute to the educational and economic development of local communities and the region as a whole and We will work to maintain our quality leadership among private universities in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and highlight UHD’s name in the academic world. UHD is committed to maintaining high academic standards, enhancing the quality of teaching, learning and research to serve the local, national and international communities, promoting the cognitive exploration and developing programs supporting the university's mission. The University enriches the lives of students by providing opportunities for them to develop and to realize their intellectual, academic, and professional potential, leading to becoming productive and responsible citizens. We are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly work, quality academic and professional programs, and high levels of faculty-student interaction. We develop and engage in relationships to enhance educational experiences and our community. Working toward common goals with others in the University and the community while valuing teamwork, participation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives.

UHD’s core values:

The University of Human Development seeks to achieve its goals through the following core values:
  • Social and Moral Values:
    • UHD is committed to social and moral values at the highest level inspired by Islamic teachings and humanitarian ideals.
  • Environment and Scientific Application:
    • UHD is committed to securing an educational environment for the students that encourage progressive thinking, comprehending modern technology, and paying attention to the practical side for each specialty.
  • Quality:
    • UHD is committed to high scientific and educational standards by developing the educational process, scientific research, and community mobilization. We will work to maintain our quality leadership among private universities in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and highlight UHD’s name in the academic world.
  • Creativity and perfection:
    • UHD works persistently to achieve academic perfection. As stated in UHD’s guidelines, we support scientific excellence, cultural advancement, proficiency, skills and talents.
  • Serving society:
    • UHD consolidates its relationships with the society and the social establishment by serving, developing and supporting the society with knowledge and by joint projects with the government institutions.
  • Humanity:
    • Inspired by the collective term ‘humanity’, UHD strongly believes in mutual respect among human beings regardless of their belief, race, color, sex and economic background.
  • Academic freedom:
    • The university encourages openness and dialogue and emphasizes on justice, equity, and academic freedom.
  • Cooperation:
    • UHD inculcates teamwork, team building, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.
  • Curriculum development:
    • UHD utilizes updated curricula to equip students with the most recent thoughts and inputs on their selected fields of study, and also encourages graduates to pursue postgraduate studies at UHD or other universities.
  • CSOs, CBS and NGOs:
    • UHD likes to work in partnership with local and international civil society organizations, community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations to achieve mutual goals and objectives.
  • Institutional accountability:
    • The sense of corporate responsibility and accountability are essential conditions for achieving the university’s goals and missions.

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Prof. Dr Ali Muhiddin Qaradaghi

Prof. Dr Mariwan Ahmad Rasheed

Mahdi Abdul Karim