Research at UKH

1. Research

This arm of the unit will be headed by an experienced academic with a multidisciplinary track record in research and development with a title of not below an associate professor with its duties being the activation of research and development skills and capabilities within the academic staff and students of different schools and disciplines with a systemised plan of collaboration between the schools through their research centres, research groups and specialised projects.

In addition, the unit maintains and attempts to provide multidisciplinary research output as part of a planned interaction between different schools and different departments through their established Research Centres.

1.1- Science and Engineering Research Centres

The two centres of Information Technology and Engineering as indicated in the organisational chart will be running under the School of Science and Engineering. They work as hubs for coordinating all activities related to research in the School.

The centre functions to facilitate the process of research from the initiation of the concept, through to the development of the proposal and on to check on the availability of grants or incentives all the way to support and advise during the work until it is ready for publishing. 
It encourages team work within a department and hopes to establish collaborations across the different programs to create a multidisciplinary approach to research with emphasis on attention to detail and discovery.

The SSE Research Centres, through proactive and oriented guidance, hopes to achieve the following:

  • Encourage research as a necessary process required from any Higher Educational Establishment;
  • Assist in improving research orientation whenever possible;
  • Provide a continual means for revitalizing programs and courses to remain outcome based;
  • Contribute to the global academic community with relevant publications;
  • Contact the community, industry and other Higher Education Establishments to initiate
    change and learn from the process;
  • Develop a sense for the upcoming research challenges to adjust and provide motivation.


1.2- Social Sciences Research Centre

Although current strengths of the school lie within Politics and International Relations, it is aimed to strengthen and broaden the school outreach into other areas of community need.  The centre aims to build research strength in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to secure research funding to benefit the region and to raise UKH's profile within the international academic research community.  This is implemented through the identification of research topics that are of the utmost relevance and importance to the development of research in the Social Sciences at UKH.  To that end, the centre will focus on the following key complementary activities:

  • International Researchers: promoting academic cooperation and partnerships with researchers of international renown: inviting them to conferences, ensure their contributions to UKH Journal of Social Sciences, involve them in joint international academic projects.
  • Institutional Partnerships: International collaboration has become an indispensable prerequisite to higher education. PIR's Research Centre expands inter-institutional linkages by targeting academic organizations and think tanks in countries across the globe. Its long-term objective is the development of strategic international partnerships that will serve UKH's vision of excellence in research on politics, economics, international relations, political economy, and related subjects, as they concern the KRI and the wider MENA global region. This includes joint edited volumes, books, and academic articles.
  • Publications: PIRRC seeks to reach out to the wider public and to its partners by contributing significantly to UKH's academic journal UKHJSS, and issuing regularly in various hard copy and online formats. PIR Faculty is publishing regularly in various peer reviewed academic journals, including Q1 journals and open access journals such as UKHJSS. There are currently five book projects that involve or are led by, PIR affiliated researchers, all of them with rigorous university presses and other academic presses of global standing. 
  • Conferences and presentations: PIRRC affiliated conferences aim to promote collaboration between researchers at UKH and their peers and colleagues both at home and abroad, by exposing researchers and students to new research directions, important academic findings, and innovative education methodologies. PIRRC's mandate covers activities such as contributing to meetings of relevant experts to discuss matters of political, social and economic significance for the KRI. It also provides excellent opportunities for faculty and students to expand and diversify their research areas and individual projects.
  • Collaborations and partnerships: PIRRC is involved in high visibility international projects together with UK institutions of higher learning such as Leicester University, in fields of Kurdish Studies and History. Other international collaborations include research topics such as the Archaeology of the region; the latest project proposals concern cooperation with University College London, where together with organizations such as UNESCO Iraq, the UNESCO initiative “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” is being targeted.
  • Faculty/student cooperation in research: PIRRC encourages students to conduct joint research with faculty. Significant such research has already appeared in UKHJSS, our specialist peer reviewed journal. Other such cooperation is planned by multiple researchers within the Centre. Such cooperation will be significant in helping the next generation of top notch researchers to appear in KRI.

1.3- Kurdistan Business School Research and Enterprise Centre (KBS-REC)

This centre is an academic entity within the Kurdistan Business School (KBS), the centre’s main aim is to be involved in research and policy advice.

It is also intended as a “Think Tank” to provide an academic perspective on many economic, management, and social policy issues that have arisen from the regime change in Iraq and subsequent reconstruction efforts in the region

The mission of the REC is to undertake multidisciplinary applied economic, management, and social science research which is recognized by the international scientific community.

The focus is on the analysis of structural changes and their impact on the living conditions of the people in Kurdistan, but not necessarily limited to the Kurdistan region or of Iraq. The REC is expected to provide expert analysis and advice on all aspects of long and short-term regional government policies in areas ranging from domestic policy to Middle East regional and international relations.  It promotes development and enhanced welfare by providing a centre and a framework for bringing together leading Kurdish and international scholars from around the world to tackle Kurdistan’s economic and social challenges. Activities are carried out by the REC and in cooperation within its network of researcher and collaborating institutions in and outside the region. The centre promotes collaboration with an expanded network of researchers worldwide, and also with the graduate studies programme at the KBS. It aims at strengthening and enhancing the capacity and training of scholars and government officials in the fields of economics, finance, business, management and social policy making. REC strives to become an internationally respected scientific Think Tank for applied economic research and policy advice to national policy makers, international organisations, the business community, as well as the general public engaged in the regions reconstruction and development. 

The challenges of REC are to:

  • Pursue scientific excellence in applied economic research;
  • Link together economic research and policy advice;
  • Raise relevant policy issues in the public;
  • Build a strong reputation as a partner in national and international research networks;
  • Build a strong network of researchers to conduct research with high quality and coverage.

1.4- Medical Sciences Research Centre (MSRC)

SMS is a newly established institute currently composed of five departments with a teaching philosophy that is in line with the Bologna process emphasising on problems based teaching and learning.

In activating this philosophy, this Research Centre is established as a corner stone and a platform on which different specialties can get together in a multidisciplinary mode and cooperate for best practice.

This centre is composed of Research Groups specialising on Oncology, Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Pathology with a common commitment of improving health by attaining the highest standard of quality in care delivery, education, and research with values expanding over:

  • Excellence and continuous improvement;
  • Integrity in every decision we make;
  • Compassion and respect for the dignity of every person;
  • A diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment;
  • Collaboration throughout our organization;
  • Responsiveness to the people of our community.

2. Development

Under this arm of R&D unit, three main branches operate:


2.1- Centre for Entrepreneurial and Business Incubation (CEBI)

This centre was to be established and completely equipped in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). However, just after the first phase of installing the required cabinets, the IOM withdrew giving the UKH an opportunity to complete the task and make this essential and unique experiment functional at the level of Kurdistan Region.  

The functioning unit is aimed to provide the necessary and initial support for innovators and entrepreneurs in developing their ideas into functioning businesses.  This is expected to include:

  • Business proposals preparation.
  • Initial steps for company formation to include issues of finance and management.
  • Finding business partners and financial support for production.
  • Legal and ethical issues related to intellectual property rights.
  • Marketing and helping to make success stories.

The centre will be open not only to the UKH family at large but also the Kurdistani community and beyond to include the whole of Iraq.

All entrepreneurs with business ideas that are innovative and science based, will be welcome to discuss their ideas with our dedicated and specialised staff at the centre in full confidence.

In its firm belief that Kurdistani youth have nothing less than any of their counterparts in the developed world, University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH) strives to motivate its beloved students to think. To think not only for their academic topics, they study, but also in their daily lives to take their active and expected role in the socio-economic revitalisation and sustainable growth of their surroundings.

In the light of this, UKH will become the first university with a system by which all staff and students will be supported to pursue their business ideas through establishment of small businesses that are born out of the UKH family and activities. The entire process will be handled professionally and in accordance to international rules and regulations with regards to observing Intellectual Property Rights, Data Protection Act and Quality Assurance.

The University will support you on:

  1. Developing your viable idea into a business proposal that could attract funding.
  2. Seeking to secure financial support and funding for its implementation.
  3. Partnering with external organisations for the required support at different stages of the business.
  4. Providing relevant support and training to establish the idea into a small business and managing its function.

Next step:

Any candidate within UKH family (Management, administrative staff, Academics and Students) with business ideas should:

  1. Communicate with CEBI at. Email: [email protected]
  2. A meeting will be arranged with the Entrepreneur and all present will sign a consent form stating that the presented business idea will remain secure for its owner.
  3. The team will work on assessing the viability of the business idea and work with the entrepreneur in developing it if found viable.

2.2-Centre for Regional and International Studies(CRIS)


This centre aims to address current and critical issues that are directly related to Kurdistan Region of Iraq through the involvement of key national and international academics to assist science- based decision making.

In this process, the centre will attempt to secure research and activity funds as well as stimulating building human capacity and raising awareness on the need for the use of constructive and scientific principles in decisions that contribute to nation building. 

The centre will attempt to engage and attract respected and well-known researchers, academic organisations and “Think Tank” centres each based on their line of interest to contribute to specific tasks and challenges that are aimed to be addressed within this framework.


A number of key complementary activities that CRIS is aiming to focus on, should include (but not limited to):

  • Polling Reports: CRIS aims to approach respectable and professional organizations that analyse polling data and prepare in-depth reports. This will assist with CRIS’ efforts to understand the dynamic evolution of KRI’s public opinion and its various constituencies. CRIS intends to give respondents a voice by enabling them to speak for themselves, rather than relying exclusively on established media sources claiming to speak on behalf of the entire KRI civil society. Conducting such in-depth interviews and opinion polls provides citizens who do not usually have access to the media an opportunity to be heard and to express directly their opinions, concerns, needs, and hopes for the future.
  • Conferences and presentations: CRIS’ Conferences and Presentations Program aims to promote collaboration between researchers at UKH and their peers and colleagues both at home and abroad, by exposing researchers and students to new research directions, important academic findings, and innovative education methodologies. CRIS’ mandate covers activities such as convening of meetings of relevant experts to discuss matters of significance to the KRI’s national interests. It also provides excellent opportunities for faculty and students to expand and diversify their research areas and individual projects.  The proposed annual conference is planned to be in May 2017. 
  • Publications: CRIS seeks to reach out to the wider public and to its partners by maintaining a publishing a quarterly academic journal, and issuing regularly in various hardcopy and online formats.

2.3- Project Outreach


One of the prime objectives of the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr has been to have a positive impact and contribute to the socio-political, economical and wellbeing of the Kurdistani society and beyond.  This to be achieved by both academic and professional staff within the university working hand in hand on growing and training a generation of young and capable Kurdistani’s to become the decision-makers and leaders of the future.



The university has been established to concentrate on advancing Kurdistan and the wider region by making science the main component of decision making.  In this, the university is set to work with government, business, industry, and the community to create lasting intellectual, cultural, social, health, environmental and economic benefits for Kurdistan and beyond.

For the sustainability of any practices on these lines, the plans are also to produce graduates with the expertise and intellectual curiosity who can engage in the development of Kurdistan and our communities. 

As a university, UKH intends to engage in conducting research that would be responsive to the needs and challenges facing Kurdistan, the wider region and beyond.  This is only possible by embracing and empowering our community at all levels through share ownership and logical and evidence base decision making for all to feel and sense sharing

We will embrace the communities we serve and engage with them at all levels, sharing of pride in the actions as well as achievements.


Plan of Delivery

  1. All UKH academics are mandated to allocate part of their academic activities to conducting research that is by definition differentiate university lecturers and professors from school teachers.
  2. We require part or all of such research activities to be conducted on the needs of both Kurdistani private and public sectors. Such new initiatives require an added effort to improve communication and understanding of stakeholders for advanced research and their benefits.
  3. A survey of all academic staff will be conducted for identifying academics for participation based on their areas of expertise.
  4. A campaign of familiarity with credible statistical surveys, reports and analysis that have been conducted by the Ministry of Planning and other ministries in cooperation with the World Bank, RAND Corporation and UN organisations and data that have been collected.
  5. Mutually convenient meeting will be arranged between UKH researchers and KRI private and public sectors for informed steps towards establishing research projects that will be relevant to the institutions concerned.
  6. Collaborative steps will be defined and relevant support and requirements will be met to make sure that the agreed projects will be deliverable in their agreed time frame.
  7. Work will continue for the implementation and delivery of the agreed research projects.
  8. Continuous monitoring of progress will be put in place to make sure that the agreed plans will successfully be met.


The core aim of this centre is in line with the mission of UKH.  It will set an example for universities and academic institutions to link their academic activities to the needs of the community and adapt science and technology to serve their socio-economical needs.  Furthermore, this will;

  1. Have a positive impact on the image of UKH within and beyond Kurdistan.
  2. Help our internship programme and make it more meaningful to the community.
  3. Assist our Alumni to better find jobs.

As a major part of the plan, all staff need to become familiar with the reports and survey information that have been conducted with some listed below as examples and use as a guide to propose research investigations in preparation for visiting relevant ministries.

  1. Social Protection “A TIME FOR REFORM” Strategic Framework.
  2. Reforming the Economy for shared prosperity and protecting the vulnerable.
  3. Assessing the Economic and Social Impact of the Syrian Conflict and ISIS.
  4. A Vision for the Future: Vision 2020.
  5. Building the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: The Socio-Economic Infrastructure.
  6. The socio economic infrastructure factsheet.

2.4. Workshop/Bench

This will be in the format of a working laboratory with mechanical and other technically required for simple to medium ideas to be realised by entrepreneurs for their experimentation


3. SERVICES: Help and Support

3.1.  Kurdistan Data and Information Centre

The Data and Information Centre is aimed to provide the platform from which data and information that have been scientifically collected as a result of a series of national surveys by Kurdistan Region Statistics office and The Central Statistics Office of the Federal Government in cooperation with the World Bank together with reports that have resulted from these surveys and reports.  This is designed to be a bottom-up system with geo-referenced data for different sub-districts, districts, and governorates.

In addition, to a complete village profile for Kurdistan Region, profiles of schools, universities, hospitals, companies and centres of income are geographically positioned.

Video profiles of over 1000 villages will also be included that is expected to be central to encouraging tourism in Kurdistan.  Further, historic events relating to the destructions occurred during Saddam era.

The database will also provide historic and up-to-date currency prices.

The link can be visited at


3.2. Information Technology Support

This will have the responsibility of establishing, updating and monitoring and maintaining a specialised portal for all activities of the unit.

*Servers and backup servers of the university could be used.