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University of Kurdistan (Iran)

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University of Kurdistan (Persian: دانشگاه كردستان‎, Kurdish: زانستگای كوردستان‎) is the largest university in Iranian Kurdistan Province, located in south of Sanandaj. The University of Kurdistan was ranked as the eighth top university in Iran (categorized by quantity and quality of research activities) in academic year 2007-2008 and was ranked as the first top developing university in Iran in academic year 2006-2007.

University of Kurdistan
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University of Kurdistan
PresidentDr. Rahmat Sadeghi
Academic staff
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Values and VisionEdit

University of Kurdistan is committed to providing an environment which nurtures training of human resources in a creative, responsible, motivated, conscious and disciplined way based on Islamic and moral values. UOK is bound to respect and promote the lofty principles of academic culture based on knowledge and professionalism and leading to the development of constructive collaboration with national and international HEIs and research centres.

Mission StatementEdit

The University of Kurdistan as a leading comprehensive educational institute relies on its own young and motivated lecturers and invaluable assets, and uses innovative training methods and technologies to train a committed and skilled workforce to meet the challenges and problems of society at local and global levels. Moreover, UOK attempts to meet the diverse needs of the community in various fields and at various levels by nurturing applied research, developing new frontiers of knowledge, and offering consultancy services.

Overview of UOKEdit

The University of Kurdistan (UOK) commenced its activities as the Higher College of Sanandaj, an affiliate of Tarbiat Moallem (Teacher Training Institute), Tehran in the academic year 1974-1975. Its first intake of students was in the field of Mathematics Teacher Training. In the following academic year, the college became an off campus faculty of Kermanshah's Razi University and was thereafter named the Sanandaj Faculty of Teacher Training. In addition to admitting students in Mathematics Teacher Training, it began to accept students in Chemistry and English. By expanding its pedagogical activities and conducting research in a wide variety of fields, this teacher training unit was granted university status by the Ministry of Higher Education and Culture in 1991. Henceforth it became known as the University of Kurdistan. Since then a great range of courses at various levels have been added to the university's graduate and postgraduate programme lists including a postdoctoral course offered by the Department of Chemistry. Currently, University of Kurdistan has over 9000 students, of which over 25 per cent are postgraduate students. University of Kurdistan has an autonomous college (Pardis), 8 faculties and 45 departments offering 170 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Moreover, UOK employs approximately 339 full-time academic faculty members with over 95 per cent having Assistant Professorship or above grading (16 Full Professors and 68 Associate Professors).In addition, many part-time teaching staff are employed and the number of administrative staff totals 385.

Currently, the university has 8 research institutes and 7 academic journals and has its own publishing press with many yearly publications. Moreover, UOK has plentiful research and teaching laboratories to aid students and staff at all faculties.

UOK has a non-centralized administrative structure managed by the Board of Trustees (which has the highest position in the University and overlooks future educational expansion, financial projections and other major plans of the University), the Chancellor, 5 Vice Chancellors (Vice Chancellors for Educational and Academic Affairs, Research Affairs, Student Affairs, Financial Affairs and Cultural and Social Affairs), Board of Directors and the University Council.


University of Kurdistan has the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Art and Architecture
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages
  • Faculty of Natural Resources
  • Faculty of Science
  • Bijar Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of AgricultureEdit

Dean: Dr. Asaad Vaziry

The Faculty of Agriculture was founded jointly with the Faculty of Natural Resources in 1991. In 2007, the Faculty of Agriculture separated from the Faculty of Natural Resources and commenced its academic teaching and research activities on an independent basis. It is currently one of the major providers of research in agricultural fields in the region. Both training and research are undertaken at the highest professional level and a wide range of agriculture based scientific courses are offered to graduate and postgraduate students. The faculty's mission is to develop resources and technology to provide contemporary and future needs of the agricultural sector of Kurdistan province, to advance and disseminate knowledge and to provide advice and guidance in the field of agriculture for sustainable economic development. The faculty has 8 departments, offering 12 undergraduate degree programmes and 24 postgraduate degree programmes (including 7 PhD degree programmes):

At present, the Faculty of Agriculture has over 1000 students and 69 full-time academic members of staff. The faculty has 28 laboratories including Soil Chemistry Laboratory, Soil Physics Laboratory, Plant Breeding Laboratory, Plant Pathology, Genetics Laboratory, Entomology Laboratory, Poultry Production Unit, Quail Production Unit, Dairy Cattle Production Unit. In addition, this faculty has four greenhouses and 50 hectares of agricultural research fields.

Faculty of Agriculture List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Animal Science Animal Science *
Animal Breeding * *
Animal Physiology * *
Animal Nutrition * *
Agronomy & Plant Breeding Production and Plant Genetic Engineering (Agrotechnology & Biotechnology) *
Plant Genetic and Breeding *
Agroecology *
Agricultural Biotechnology * *
Agronomy (Crop Physiology) *
Horticultural Sciences and Engineering Food Science & Technology *
Landscape Engineering *
Horticultural Science & Engineering *
Horticultural Science & Engineering: Fruit Trees *
Horticultural Science & Engineering: Vegetables *
Horticultural Science & Engineering: Medicinal Plants *
Horticultural Science & Engineering: Ornamental Plants *
Soil Science Soil Science & Engineering *
Soil Biology and Biotechnology *
Soil Physics & Conservation *
Soil Resources & Land Evaluation *
Agricultural Economics Agricultural Economics *
Agricultural Policy & Development *
Agricultural Extension & Education *
Plant Protection Plant Protection *
Agricultural Entomology *
Plant Pathology * *
Water Sciences & Engineering Water Sciences & Engineering *
Irrigation & Drainage Engineering *
Biosystems Engineering Mechanics & Biosystems Engineering *
Design and Construction *
Postharvest Technology *
Food Industry Machinery Engineering *

Faculty of Art and ArchitectureEdit

Dean: Dr. Kayoumars Irandoost

Because of the importance of Art, architecture and planning at national and international levels and the rich history of the arts in western Iran, especially in Kurdistan, the University of Kurdistan launched programs in the aforementioned fields in the early years of its establishment as a university. The University of Kurdistan commenced offering degree programs in Architecture, Planning and Music in 1999, 2006 and 2016, respectively. These two departments were initially part of the Faculty of Engineering but in 2012 became part of the newly established Faculty of Art and Architecture. In light of its expansion and development plans, the Faculty of Art and Architecture is in the process of establishing degree programs in Handicraft as well as aiming to offer its existing degree programs at PhD level in near future. In total, the faculty currently has three departments:

The Faculty of Art & Architecture has 12 full-time academic staff and numerous part-time staff with a total student population of 302.

Staff in the faculty undertake research of the highest quality and renowned for its interdisciplinary orientation. The research fulfills University of Kurdistan's mission to further its impact and national and international ranking by conducting research that shapes the actions of government, industry, and cultural life through practical and action-led modes of research and engagement.

Research in the faculty is clustered around a number of research themes including architecture, urbanism public sphere, environmental psychology, informal settlements and sustainability. The Urban Studies Journal was first published in 2010 with the aim of focusing on the results of scientific research and experiences of cities. It welcomes all original submissions that extent our understanding of the urban condition and the rapid changes taking place in cities in Iran and across the globe, whether from an empirical, theoretical, or a policy perspective. In addition, due to the research background of the Urban Planning Departmental staff, our faculty is pursuing to launch a Center of Excellence in Urban Regeneration and Upgrading by the start of next year. The main goal of this center is to provide the required settings for informal settlements and rundown urban textures studies based on the Urban Regeneration and Upgrading approach. The Faculty of Art and Architecture's current building has been built on 4600 square meters of land. In addition to administrative spaces, faculty members’ and departmental heads’ rooms, the present building has 6 design studios and workshops, computer center, materials and construction workshop, 2 classes for postgraduate students, 4 classes for undergraduate students, thesis defense hall, one large conference hall and a special exhibition hall. The Faculty building is located on campus with easy access to all University services. The students have access to the building six days a week and can use their dedicated studio spaces at all times with computing facilities and social space. As part of wider campus developments, the faculty has undertaken its own development projects over recent years, including site construction and landscaping. Throughout 2016 funds were invested in a new building annexed to the current building that will provide purpose built, expanded workshops and a dedicated fabrication suite. The workshops will have dedicated spaces for Music department and the soon to be established Handicrafts Department.

Faculty of Art & Architecture List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Architecture Architecture * *
Urban Development Urban Development *
Urban & Regional Planning *
Urban Design *
Music Iranian Music *

Faculty of EngineeringEdit

Dean: Dr. Hiwa Farughi

The Faculty of Engineering is one of the largest and most successful of its kind in Iran. From its foundations in 1995, the faculty has pursued excellence and innovation in education and research. Its alumni are to be found as leaders and decision makers in industry and the community. With over 2100 students, this faculty plays a leading role in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes providing a focus on sustainability as well as core engineering knowledge preparing students to confidently meet the challenges of contemporary global, national and regional society. It is widely believed that engineers are uniquely placed to understand, meet and solve those challenges.

The 62 full-time academic staff of the faculty are recognized nationwide leaders in their fields. The faculty continues to forge new links with industry and community partners to ensure a continuing real-world focus for both teaching and research.The Faculty of Engineering at present has 7 Departments offering 9 undergraduate degree programmes and 21 postgraduate degree programmes (including 3 PhD programmes).

Faculty of Engineering List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering *
Chemical Engineering – Design Process *
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering *
Remote Sensing *
Earthquake Engineering *
Hydraulics & Water Resources Management *
Structural Engineering * *
Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering * *
Electronic Integrated Circuits *
Micro and Nano-Electronic devices *
Communication Systems *
Electrical Control Engineering *
Power Systems Engineering * * *
Computer Engineering and IT Computer Software Engineering *
Information Technology *
Artificial Intelligence *
Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering * * *
Logistics & Supply Chain *
System Optimization *
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering *
Mechanical Engineering - Applied Design *
Energy Conversion- Heat & Fluids *
Mine Engineering Mine Engineering *
Mineral Exploration *

Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesEdit

Dean: Dr. Naser Yoosefi

The Faculty of Literature and Humanities was officially divided into two separate faculties in 2012: the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences currently has 11 departments that are involved in teaching and research activities. It has approximately 2500 students who are on 9 programmes leading to an undergraduate degree, 18 programmes leading to master's degree and 4 programmes leading to a PhD:

This faculty has two student computer centers, an advanced computer teaching, a sport sciences laboratory and research centre with latest equipment, two other laboratories for counseling and psychology departments, Hazhar Library, and conference and seminar facilities including Ferdowsi, Mastoureh Ardalan and Mawlawi Halls. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences currently has 64 permanent academic members of staff and numerous part-time teaching staff.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Accounting Accounting * *
Business Administration Business Administration *
Tourism Management *
Marketing Management *
Psychology Psychology *
Clinical Psychology *
Cognitive Psychology *
Economic Sciences Economic Sciences – Theoretical Economics *
Economic Sciences *
Economic Development & Planning *
Educational Science Educational Administration & Planning *
Curriculum Planning *
Educational Planning *
Educational Administration * *
Higher Education Development Planning *
Counselling Family Counselling *
School Counselling *
Law Law *
Criminal Law & Criminology *
Shafe’ee Jurisprudence & Law Shafe’ee Jurisprudence & Law * *
Physical Education Sports Life Sciences *
Sports Management *
Sports Physiology *
Marketing Management in Sport * *
Sport Physiology - Sports Biochemistry and Metabolism *
Sociology Social Sciences Research *
Sociology *

Faculty of Literature and Foreign LanguagesEdit

Dean: Dr. Mohsen Pishwai Alavi

The Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages officially began its teaching and research activities in October 2012 and prior to that it was part of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities. It is worth mentioning that the disbanded Faculty of Literature and Humanities was established in 1991 as the second faculty of the University of Kurdistan, but began its teaching activities much earlier in 1976 by accepting students majoring in English language teacher training and later establishing 14 departments. The Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages currently has 4 departments offering 5 undergraduate programmes, 5 Master's programmes and 1 PhD programme to over 760 students: Arabic Language and Literature

At present, this faculty has 30 full-time academic members of staff and many part-time teaching staff.

Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Arabic Language & Literature Arabic Language & Literature * *
English Literature & Linguistics English Language & Literature * *
English Language Teaching * *
Linguistics *
Persian Language & Literature Persian Language & Literature * * *
Kurdish Language and Literature Kurdish Language and Literature *

Faculty of Natural ResourcesEdit

Dean: Dr. Shahram Kaboodvandpour

The Faculty of Natural Resources was founded jointly with the Faculty of Agriculture in 1991. In 2007, the Faculty of Natural Resources disbanded from the Faculty of Agriculture and commenced its academic teaching and research activities on an independent basis. The Faculty of Natural Resources focuses on the conservation, protection, rehabilitation, management and enhancement of renewable natural resources including: forests, rangelands, water reservoirs, soil, biodiversity and related resources. Currently, the Faculty of Natural Resources has 6 departments (as listed below) that offer 6 undergraduate programs and 13 Masters programs (see below table). The faculty has 34 full-time and more than 24 part-time academic staff that offer teaching and research services to over 1000 students. This faculty has various laboratories and research centers including: Research aquarium, Fish Pathobiology Laboratory, Fish Biology, Range and Forest Biology Laboratory, Forest Biometry Laboratory, Climatology Laboratory, Geomorphology Laboratory, Herbarium, GIS and RS Centre, Cartography Centre, Classic and Automatic Synoptic Station, Animal Biology laboratory, Laboratorial Animal captivity, Taxidermy center, Soil, Water and Air Quality Control Laboratory. Departments:

Natural Resources Faculty Programs
Department Course Name BSc. MSc.
Environmental Sciences Environmental Engineering *
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology *
Land-use Planning & Sustainable Development *
Environmental Pollution (Air, Soil and Water) *
Environmental Technologies *
Fisheries Fisheries Engineering *
Aquaculture *
Fish Biology and Aquatic Animals Ecology *
Forestry Forest Science and Engineering *
Forest Management *
Forest Biology & Silviculture *
Agroforestry *
Rangeland & Watershed Management Rangeland & Watershed Engineering *
Rangeland Management *
Watershed Management *
Eco-Hydrology *
Geomorphology Geomorphology Engineering *
Natural Hazards *
Hydro-Geomorphology *
Climatology Climatology *
Applied Climatology *

Faculty of ScienceEdit

Dean: Dr. Kamal Shanazari

The Faculty of Science is known as the oldest faculty at the University of Kurdistan with over 40 years’ experience and has had a crucial role in teaching and research in the province. The Faculty of Science currently has the honor of having seven academic members of staff who hold full professorships, 20 Associate Professors and 40 Assistant Professors. In addition, it the faculty employs numerous part-time academic members of staff. The faculty has six departments: Biological Sciences

Faculty of science has over 1100 students on 7 programmes leading to an undergraduate degree, 17 programmes leading to a master's degree and 15 programmes leading to a PhD. Moreover, it has many teaching and research laboratories including 12 Chemistry laboratories, 8 Physics laboratories, and 5 Biology laboratories, 3 Mathematics and Statistics laboratories and 1 Geology laboratory.

Faculty of Science List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Chemistry Applied Chemistry *
Pure Chemistry *
Nano Chemistry * *
Polymer Chemistry *
Analytical Chemistry * *
Inorganic Chemistry * *
Organic Chemistry * *
Physical Chemistry * *
Mathematics Mathematics and Applications *
Pure Mathematics- Topology *
Applied Mathematics— Numerical Analysis * *
Pure Mathematics – Mathematical Analysis * *
Pure Mathematics – Algebra * *
Statistics Statistics *
Mathematical Statistics *
Physics Physics *
Fundamental Physics (Theoretical Physics) *
Solid State Physics * *
Theoretical Physics - Quantum Optics *
Theoretical Physics – Astronomy and Astrophysics *
Theoretical Physics- Quantum Information and Computation *
Theoretical Physics- Gravity & Cosmology *
Photonics * *
Biology Biotechnology *
Cellular & Molecular Biology *
Biochemistry *
Earth Sciences Earth Sciences *
Geochemistry *

Bijar Faculty of Science and EngineeringEdit

Dean: Dr. Ali Moradian

The Bijar Faculty of Science and Engineering was established in September 2014 and commenced its pedagogical activities in the fields of Computer Science, Physics and Statistics as listed below. As its name indicates, this faculty is located in the city of Bijar, a city in Kurdistan Province. Departments:

Bijar Faculty of Science & Engineering List of Degree Programmes
Department Degree Programme BA/BSc MA/MSc PhD
Computer Science Computer Science *
Physics Physics *
Statistics Statistics & Applications *

UOK Autonomous College (Pardis)Edit

Following the remarkable success of University of Kurdistan's educational and research activities, the Council of Higher Education in July 2013 agreed to the establishment of an Autonomous College citing the existence of adequate infrastructure such as adequate physical space, sufficient human resources including faculty members and experienced administrative staff, workshops, laboratories, computer sites, library resources, study halls, sports facilities, as well as performance and management of the university campus.

This onsite but independent college currently offers 22 Master's programmes including Urban Planning, Construction Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Pomology, and Sports Physiology. The Autonomous College aims to expand its list of offered courses in the near future.

Research InstitutesEdit

Nanotechnology Research InstituteEdit

The Nanotechnology Research Institute of the University of Kurdistan conducts research and provides guidance on synthesis and applications of nanomaterials. This research institute is supported by the Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. More than 40 academic staff and postgraduate students collaborate on research projects at the institute and since its establishment in 2011, have published more than 60 academic papers in internationally renowned journals. It has three research groups: Nano Chemistry, Nano-Materials and Theoretical Studies and Simulation. The institute is equipped with the latest devices including XRD, AFM, FESEM, AG and Particle Size Analyzer.

Head of Nanotechnology Research Institute: Prof. Abdollah Salimi

Smart/Micro Grids Research CenterEdit

The Smart/Micro Grids Research Center (SMGRC) is an international research center officially established in October 2016. The SMGRC provides a rich source of training, testing, and experimental laboratorial facilities for various smart grid and microgrid (MG) academic/industrial projects, specifically in the area of advanced robust and intelligent control synthesis and analysis methodologies. In addition to the modeling and simulation environment for training and educational purposes, a wide range of distributed generators (e.g., PV panel, wind turbine, diesel generator), energy capacitor systems, grid components, modules, and sub-systems are available for different classes of testing and validation capabilities. The SMGRC flexibility allows working on multiple configurations in MG types (DC, AC, and hybrid), operating modes (grid-connected and islanded) and multiple MGs clusters. The central core of the existing platform is a real-time simulator that can be connected to hardware equipment through power amplifiers. The University of Kurdistan and West Regional Electric Co. (WREC) are the main domestic supporters of the SMGRC. The SMGRC team comprises a continuously increasing number of post-graduate students, and visiting researchers covers various aspects of research in smart grid and microgrids. More information about the SMGRC can be found at

Head of Smart/Micro Grids Research Center: Prof. Hassan Bevrani

Assistant Head of Smart/Micro Grids Research Center: Dr. Qobad Shafiee

Center of computer emergency response team (CERT)Edit

The center of computer emergency response team (CERT) at the University of Kurdistan is concerned with handling computer and network security system incidents. Considering cyber security challenges, CERT center focuses on response to security vulnerabilities in web applications, networked systems and software products. This center's mission is to enhance the security of cyberspace products through traffic monitoring, malware analysis, penetration testing, and intrusion detection.

Moreover, CERT as a research center contributes in implementing information security tools through research and development programs. It also conducts workshops and short educational programs in the field of ICT security for students and IT professionals.

Head of Center of computer emergency response team (CERT): Dr. Mohammad Fathi

Kurdish Studies Research InstituteEdit

The Kurdish Studies Research Institute was formally established in 2000 by the authority of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. This research institute has three research groups: Kurdish Literature and Linguistics, Kurdish Cultural Studies and History and Kurdish Strategic Studies and Development. The main goal of the institute is to undertake research in the fields of Kurdish language, literature and culture and to represent their richness to the full extent. Furthermore, it recently became successful in offering a degree programme in Kurdish Language and Literature at undergraduate level and aims to introduce the subject at postgraduate levels also.

The numerous projects and conferences that have transpired at this institute serve the aforementioned objectives. Projects accomplished thus far include the publication of the University of Kurdistan Persian - Kurdish Dictionary, the quarterly Journal of Kurdish Literature, and many books related to Kurdish language and literature. In 2010, the First International Conference on Kurdish Literature took place at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, UOK, organized by the institute which was followed by the First Conference on Ardalan Dynasty in 2011. This was followed by three commemoration ceremonies of Dr. Maheen Dokht Motamadi (2014), Ahmad Ghazi and Ahmad Sharifi (2015). In addition, regular training workshops are held by the institute and a valuable reference library with more than 7500 books in the field of Kurdish studies is open to interested researchers.

Head of Kurdish Studies Research Institute: Dr. Omid Ghaderzadeh

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