Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Iraq

Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Iraq


Established in 1961, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq is a government ministry responsible for the development and regulation of higher education and scientific research in Iraq. Its mission is to promote and support high-quality education and research, foster innovation and entrepreneurship and enhance the skills and capabilities of the Iraqi workforce.

The ministry is responsible for formulating policies, strategies and plans for higher education and scientific research in Iraq. It also regulates and monitors the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the country, ensures that they are aligned with the needs of the labor market and promotes internationalization and collaboration with institutions abroad.

In addition, the ministry provides financial support and scholarships to Iraqi students to study abroad, promotes scientific research and development and supports the transfer of technology and knowledge from academia to industry.

Iraq's education system, including higher education, has been heavily impacted by years of conflict, political instability and economic sanctions. Many universities and academic institutions have been damaged or destroyed and many students and scholars have been displaced or unable to continue their studies. The ministry continues to work under challenging conditions to provide access to education and support research and innovation in the country.

Despite these challenges, the ministry plays an important role in rebuilding and developing Iraq's education system, which is essential for the country's long-term stability and prosperity. The ministry collaborates with universities and other higher education institutions in the country to improve the quality of education and research and to create opportunities for Iraqi students and scholars. It also works to promote internationalization and collaboration with institutions abroad to help rebuild Iraq's scientific and academic capacity.

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جمهورية العراق - وزارة التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي




PO Box 258
Bagdad Iraq


+964 (1) 886 0000


+964 (1) 885 1989

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