ADA University

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ADA University
ADA Universiteti
Former name
ADA University
RectorHafiz Pashayev
40°23′40″N 49°50′57″E / 40.394558°N 49.849164°E / 40.394558; 49.849164Coordinates: 40°23′40″N 49°50′57″E / 40.394558°N 49.849164°E / 40.394558; 49.849164

ADA University (ADA) (Azerbaijani: ADA Universiteti) is a university established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in March 2006.[1] By the decree of President, ADA was transformed into university in 2014.[2] When founded as the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy the main objective was to train specialists for a diplomatic career in Azerbaijani foreign affairs, however its programs expanded and the name changed to ADA University. Its founding rector is Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, who is a Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and a former ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States.[3] Its present, dedicated campus opened in September 2012.[4]

Schools and programs[edit]

Since 2006, ADA has expanded the number of programs it offers and became a full-fledged university with four schools.

School of Public and International Affairs (BA in International Relations; BA in Public Affairs; MA in Diplomacy and International Affairs; Master in Public Administration; Law)

School of Business (BA in Business Administration; BS in Economics; Master of Business Administration)

School of Education (MA in Educational Management; EAPP)

School of Information Technologies and Engineering (BS in Computer Science; BS in Computer Engineering; BS in Information Technologies)

Financial Aid[edit]


ADA offers a limited number of full and partial fellowships to outstanding international students studying in its degree programs.

Student employment[edit]

Students have part-time employment opportunities at ADA. These opportunities are announced internally based on departments needs and the available budget. Students are also eligible for a Research Assistantship. Successful candidates are expected to assist ADA faculty member with a research project. ADA University funds a limited number of opportunities for work-study program for those students that experience financial difficulties with their studies.


ADA offers merit-based scholarships for students’ outstanding academic performance. Newly admitted students are awarded with scholarships based on the result in the State Entrance Examination (SEC). Returning students scoring GPA of 4.0 are granted 100% of waiver off their tuition fee. Students scoring in the top 10% of their program get 50% scholarship. Students scoring in the next top 10% of their program receive 25% scholarship.

Student Life[edit]

Student clubs[edit]

  • ACM Club
  • ADA Algorithmics Club
  • ADA Outdoorsman Club
  • ADAMUN Club
  • Adventour Club
  • Arts and Creativity Club
  • Book Club
  • Charity Club
  • Drama Club
  • European Azerbaijan Club
  • Grey Club [5][6]
  • Oikos Club
  • Politics Club
  • Study Club
  • Stage Club
  • Milli Club

Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev Awards[edit]

The Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev Awards Ceremony is held each year in May at ADA University. The awards are rewarded to three best student teams with the emphasis on social responsibility. The award promotes values such as civic engagement and social responsibility.

International Students[edit]

ADA University are represented with the international students and faculty from more than 40 countries including the countries in Asia, Europe, Americas and Africa. International students have the International country days, so-called Country Profile Days where they represent their country to the locals and other international students. ADA University annually holds International Festival where the members of international community come together in a large student fair.


  1. ^ "ADA Website: About us". Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  2. ^ "About ADA". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  3. ^ Vaisman, Daria (11 July 2009). "Azerbaijan creates diplomatic academy". New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  4. ^ Welcome Note by Rector of ADA University, Amb. Hafiz Pashayev, ADA University, accessed May 26, 2015.
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  6. ^ "ADA Grey Club". Retrieved 2019-03-17.