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 2018 League Table

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