ADA University

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ADA University
ADA Universiteti
Former name
ADA University
Motto Leading Innovation and Responsible Citizenship
Rector Hafiz Pashayev
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
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
Campus Urban
Language English

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]

ADA is dedicated to preparing innovative global leaders and to promoting useful collaborative research on diplomacy, public and international affairs, business, humanities and sciences, information technologies and system engineering.


ADA's vision is based on four pillars:

  • Global Leadership: focuses on preparing global leaders who will make differences in the region [5]
  • Innovative Learning: involves collaborative way of learning with strong relations between professors and students [6]
  • Social Responsibility: encouraging the students to acquire the principles of responsible citizen [7]
  • Thriving Location

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
    • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs (BAPA)
    • Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs (MADIA)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • School of Business
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE)
  • School of Engineering and Information Technologies
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences (BSCS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
  • School of Education
    • Master of Arts in Educational Management (MAEM)
    • English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP)


The total capacity of the library will reach some 40 000 print books and more than 300 000 electronic books and famous periodicals — ADA Library became the most substantial foreign language collection in the region and serves as an essential partner in study, teaching, and research at the university.

Financial Aid[edit]


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

Fellowship Requirements:

• The fellowship open to all international undergraduate and graduate applicants who have been admitted to one of ADA University’s degree-granting schools and are renewable for the duration of their studies when certain criteria are met upon the availability of funds.

• Incoming undergraduate and graduate fellows are eligible to receive a 100 percent tuition waiver for the first semester of their studies.

• Returning students who accumulate a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher in undergraduate and 3.00 or higher in graduate programs receive a 100 percent tuition waiver. These standards are for the semester. Eligible students must maintain a full load coursework. Students found in violation of the ADA University Honor Code once will not be eligible for the scholarship for the remainder of their tenure at the University.

Alimardan Bay Topchubashov Fellowship covers the tuition only. Fellowship recipients are expected to cover all other expenses, including accommodation, travel expenses, housing, books, student fees and utilities.

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.

Student clubs[edit]

  • ACM Club
  • ADA Algorithmics Club
  • ADA Outdoorsman Club
  • ADAMUN Club
  • Adventour Club
  • Artmedia Club
  • Arts Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Babat Club
  • Bermud Club
  • Book Club
  • Buzz Club
  • Charity Club
  • Grey Club [8]


ADA offers merit-based scholarships for students’ outstanding academic performance. 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.

External links[edit]


  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.
  5. ^ "Four pillars". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  6. ^ "Four pillars". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  7. ^ "Four pillars". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  8. ^