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Ganja State University (GDU, Azerbaijani: Gəncə Dövlət Universiteti) is a public university in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Officially accredited and recognized by Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan), Ganja State University is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. The university offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. The 80 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this Azerbaijani higher education organization a least selective institution. International students would apply for enrolment. There are 20 doctors and professors, 156 doctoral candidates and associate professors, and 150 assistant professors and lecturers in the 26 departments of the university. The university has a library, several computer rooms and laboratories. Its country and world ranks 19 and 8547, respectively.[1]

Ganja State University
Gəncə Dövlət Universiteti
AZ-2000, Gəncə şəhəri, Ş.İ.Xətai prospekti, 187
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According to the resolution of the Soviet of People's Commissars of Azerbaijan from April 14, 1938 a two-year pedagogical institute named after Nadezhda Krupskaya was established in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan. Due to a lack of space, the college was placed on the third floor of Gorky School. The first two departments of the institute were Natural Sciences Department and the Department of Physics and Mathematics. Twenty three teachers were hired to teach at the institute. The first class of 244 students started on October 1, 1938.

In 1939, the departments of History and Azerbaijani language and literature were established in the institute.

On September 1, 1943 the two-year college was abolished and a four-year Kirovobad (Ganja) State Pedagogical Institute was established on its basis. In fall of 1943, the institute was named after a renown scientist and publicist of Azerbaijan Hasan bey Zardabi.


On June 13, 2000 the President of Azerbaijan renamed the institute Ganja State University.

Currently, there are 8 faculty departments and 10 offices at the university. It provides Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral degrees.

Faculty DepartmentsEdit

  • Mathematics and Informatics
  • Physics and technical subjects
  • Biology and Chemistry
  • Philology
  • History and Geography
  • Foreign languages
  • Pedagogy
  • Economics and Management


  •  Mathematics (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Mathematical Informatics (Bachelor, 4 years)
  •  Mathematical Physics (Bachelor, 4 years)
  •  Physics (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Vocational education (higher education - 5 years)
  • Geography (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Economics (bachelor, 4 years)
  • History (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Azerbaijan language and literature (bachelor, 4 years)
  • English (bachelor, 4 years)
  • French (Bachelor, 4 years)
  • Russian (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Biology (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Chemistry (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Chemistry-biology (bachelor, 4 years)
  • Pedagogy and elementary education (higher education - 5 years)
  • Pedagogy and Psychology (higher education - 5 years)
  • Preschool education psychology and pedagogy (higher education - 5 years)
  • Music Education (higher education - 5 years)
  • Drawing and fine arts (higher education - 5 years)
  • Basic military and physical training (higher education - 5 years). [2]    


The organizations of GSU help to support organisational and development initiatives for all members of the University’s staff communities.

  • Student Youth Organization
  • Student Union

International RelationsEdit

In recent years, international relations have led to cohesion with educational and scientific institutions in foreign countries. GSU has membership in various associations and institutions. In 1995, the International Relations Department was established at Ganja State University. Since then, GDU has been involved in the EU's "TEMPUS" education program. The Professors of the University of Amiens and Gloucester University named after Jules Vern, Sargur Gamchal and Colet Pikar have been invited to the university. They met with professors, teachers, and students, acquainted with teaching laboratories, exchanged ideas and delivered lectures to students and teachers.

International relations have been expanded within the framework of the European Union-funded Erasmus-Mundus Program, "Student's, Master's, Post-graduate, Doctorate Preparation, Professors and Teachers' Project for Increasing Scientific Capabilities and Theoretical Knowledge in European Universities". The project is implemented by consortium members and universities of the Netherlands, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Georgia are united. Ganja State University, Khazar University, and Tourism Universities participate in the consortium from Azerbaijan.[3]

International ProjetsEdit

Since last decades Ganja State University has been actively enrolled to EU funded projects.[4]

Programme or initiative Reference number Title of the project Duration
Erasmus Mundus

LOT 5,6

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 Exchange mobility between European and Eastern Partnership Country HEIs” 2008-2012
Tempus-RITSA 511329-TEMPUS-1-2010-1-AZ-TEMPUS-JPCR “Reforming interpretation and translation studies in Azerbaijan” 2010-2013
Tempus-CURDEUS 530385-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-AZ-TEMPUS-JPCR “Curriculum Development and Capacity Building in EU Studies” 2012-2015
Erasmus Mundus WEBB Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Lot 5 – Strand 1 “Whole Europe Beyond Borders” 2012-2017
Tempus-UNİVİA 543893-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-AZ-TEMPUS-SMGR “Development and Improvement of the University Administration on International Relations” 2013-2016
Tempus-ESFİDİP 543649-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-AZ-TEMPUS-JPGR “Establishment of a Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan” 2013-2016
Erasmus Plus “Overseas” “Academic Exchange Opportunity at Pavia University” 2015-2016
Tempus- AESOP 561640-EPP-1-2015-1-AZ-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Advocacy Establishment for Students through Ombudsman Position” 2015-2018

Partner Universities and OrganizationsEdit

  • DAAD Organization in Germany
  • Cultural Department of the French Embassy
  • Embassy of the Republic of Germany
  • European Language Training Center" on the "Tasis" Program
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Kars Caucasus University


Ganja State University is a public (state) university. It has a main campus, which is located in Ganja city. The University Rectorate, along with most of the faculties, and the central library the university are located there. Moreover, the University has 3 buildings, a library, a gym, a dormitory and an information center. Currently, there are more than 3400 students study at the University, and 37 teaching staff employs 15 doctors of sciences, 170 candidates of sciences, about 400 senior teachers and instructors.[3]


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[5]


  1. ^ "Ganja State University".
  3. ^ a b "Gəncə Dövlət Universiteti. BİZİM HAQQIMIZDA".
  5. ^ Tüm Uyeler.

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