Oldest Universities in Iraq


What are the oldest Universities in Iraq? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing a list of 62 Iraqi Universities ordered by year of establishment and meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate Iraqi higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to highlight which Iraqi Universities have the longest history and tradition and how this correlates to their uniRank University Ranking.

Oldest Universities in Iraq 2019 League Table

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4 University of Baghdad Baghdad ...
2 University of Technology Baghdad
5 The University of Mustansiriyah Baghdad
15 University of Basrah Basrah ...
20 University of Sulaimani Sulaymaniyah
9 University of Mosul Mosul
13 Salahaddin University-Erbil Erbil
18 University of Anbar Ramadi ...
19 Al Nahrain University Baghdad
3 University of Al-Qadisiyah Al Diwaniyah ...
10 University of Tikrit Tikrit ...
6 University of Kufa Kufa
41 Duhok Polytechnic University Duhok
27 Al Iraqia University Baghdad
1 University of Babylon Al Hillah ...
14 The University of Duhok Duhok
50 Erbil Polytechnic University Erbil
30 Sulaimani Polytechnic University Sulaymaniyah ...
8 University of Diyala Baquba
21 University of Thi-Qar Nasiriya ...
12 University of Kerbala Karbala
25 Koya University Koya
33 University of Wasit Al Kut
24 University of Kirkuk Kirkuk
56 Imam Ja'afar Al-sadiq University Baghdad
40 Nawroz University Duhok
26 Hawler Medical University Erbil
16 University of Kurdistan Hewlêr Erbil
36 Cihan University Erbil ...
17 University of Misan Amarah
28 Al Muthanna University Samawa
38 Lebanese French University Erbil
11 The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Sulaymaniyah
23 University of Human Development Sulaymaniyah
47 Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research Sulaymaniyah
7 Ishik University Erbil
34 Komar University of Science and Technology Sulaymaniyah
57 Knowledge University Erbil
22 Soran University Soran
39 University of Garmian Kalar ...
31 University of Zakho Duhok
37 University of Raparin Rania
53 Halabja University Halabja
32 Al Qasim Green University Al-Qasim
51 University of Samarra Samarra
59 Bayan University Erbil
54 Basra University of Oil an Gas Basrah
62 University of Telafer Tal Afar
52 University of Al Hamdaniya Bakhdida
46 Al-Karkh University of Science Baghdad
61 Ibn Sina University for Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Baghdad
43 Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University Najaf
55 University of Sumer Al-Rifai
42 The American University of Kurdistan Duhok
29 University of Information and Communication Technology Baghdad
45 Southern Technical University Basrah
60 Northern Technical University Mosul ...
35 Middle Technical University Baghdad
49 Ninevah University Mosul
44 University of Fallujah Fallujah
48 Charmo University Chamchamal
58 Jabir Ibn Hayyan Medical University Najaf
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