The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr was established in 2006 by His Excellency Nechirvan Barzani. As the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Mr Barzani wanted to establish an educational institution that would contribute to the development of the Kurdistan Region by being abreast of the technological, economic, and political developments around the world, and with English being the medium of teaching and learning.
Mr Barzani was sworn
in as the President of the Kurdistan Region in May 2019, after having an
illustrious career of service in the government. He served as the Prime
Minister of the KRG’s eighth cabinet (2014-2019), seventh cabinet (2012–2014),
fifth cabinet (2006–2009) and fourth cabinet (1999-2006), as well as serving as
the Deputy Prime Minister of the third cabinet (1996-1999).
attended college in Tehran, studying politics and international relations; due
to political and personal reasons, however he had to discontinue his studies at
that time. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded an honorary
doctorate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, United
States of America. He is fluent in Kurdish and Persian, and proficient in
Arabic and English. Mr. Barzani is married and has five children.
Under his premiership,
personal security, human rights, and political stability have been enhanced;
notably over a dozen laws legislated to ensure women’s rights, freedom of the
press and action to combat domestic violence. He also promotes religious and
ethnic diversity, and coexistence.
proactively pursues a foreign policy based on enhancing regional and
international cooperation to strengthen peace, stability, and development.
During his tenure, more than thirty countries have opened official
representation offices in the Kurdistan Region.