World universities ranked according their presence on the Web: On the foothill of the Béjhar mountain lay the green campus of Koya University in the city of Koya, which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the regional capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region in. Iraq. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful high mountainous nature.
In memory of the 200th anniversary of Haji Qadri Koyi's birth, Koya University is organizing an international conference to honour this great poet. Not only Haji Qadri Koyi was a great poet of his time, but he was also one of the last great classical poets of the Kurdish literature. He has been able to embody the changes that have occurred in Kurdistan in the 19th century, especially in relation to the abolition of the system of monarchy and the emergence of national awareness. Through his poetry and position, Haji Qadir has been able to play a key role in the establishment and development of national awareness especially at the level of the elite.
Dr. Wali M. Hamad, the President of Koya University paid a one-week visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran where he visited some of the Iranian academic institutions. The purpose of the visit was establishing and enhancing academic cooperation and relations between Koya University and these academic institutions.
A delegation from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) visited Koya University being one of the main partner universities in the Erasmus Mundus, Marhaba Project. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the institutional capacity of the University including its scientific infrastructure in terms of laboratories and research centers.
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) at the Arizona State University (ASU) is an internationally renowned and award winning program for lecturers in English Language teaching. This academic year (2014/2015) two lecturers from Koya University, Mr Hawkar Akram Awla and Mr Mustsafa Wshyar Abdulla, assistant lecturers in the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences were awarded a fully-funded scholarships for joining the TTP of the Arizona State University (ASU). The program is sponsored by the US Embassy- Baghdad and Arizona State University and lasts for 47 days starting from June 13, 2015 and ending on July 31, 2015.
The Koya University was selected as one of the four universities from Kurdistan Region of Iraq to join the European Union Erasmus Program, Marhaba Project. This academic year Koya University managed to have 6 fully funded awardees in Marhaba Project. This includes 4 undergraduate 2nd years students for a full academic year from Faculty of Engineering (FENG), department of Manufacturing (DMFE) and one Postdoctoral exchange for 6 months, and one Academic staff exchange for one month. Koya University proudly embraced this opportunity and managed become a leading institute in the region.
The KRG universities are crossing the borders of Kurdistan Region to further engage with the process of internationalization in higher education. In line with the new strategy in the Kurdistan Region, on 3/6/2015, a delegation from Koya University started their 6-day trip on an official visit to the University of Arkansas in the USA.
The President of Federal Republic of Iraq Dr Fuad Massoum visited the city of Koya on Saturday afternoon 13/6/2015. His excellency held a public meeting at the Koya University Grand Auditorium Hall (GAH). The audience included the university and institute instructors, directors of the different offices and departments, religious scholars and the representatives of the civil society, women and youth organizations.
A delegation from Koya university visited the University of Arkansas between 3-9th of June 2015. The delegation was officially invited to sign a MoU for further cooperation and knowledge exchange. The University of Arkansas has made press release on this event as follows,
"The University of Arkansas has signed a cooperative agreement with the Koya University in Koya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. It is the fifth agreement the U of A has signed with an Iraqi university in the past year.
Dr Wali M. Hamad the president of Koya University made a speech on the event of MoU signing between Koya University and the University of Arkansas on 8th of June. Please read the full text of his speach below
Koya University English Language Centre (KUELC) in association with Kaplan International KIC is a commercial unit at Koya University campus which will be run by leading qualified British language school Kaplan International with native English and skilled lecturers.