Hawler Medical University

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Hawler Medical University
زانكۆی پزیشکی ھەولێر
Established 2005
President Assistant Professor Dr. Dara O. Meran
Location Erbil, Arbil Governorate,
Iraqi Kurdistan
, Iraq
Coordinates: 36°11′31″N 44°2′15″E / 36.19194°N 44.03750°E / 36.19194; 44.03750
Publications Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences
Website www.hmu.edu.krd

Hawler Medical University is located in Erbil (Kurdish: Hewler), capital of the Arbil Governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan. It was established in 2005.


Hawler Medical University is located in the city of Erbil (Hawler), the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Hawler Medical University was founded by the Council of Ministers of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government in July 2005 and was endorsed by the Council of Ministers of the Iraqi Federal Government in March 2006.

The university was established to include in itself the four colleges that were belonging to Salahaddin University in Erbil; College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing. The separation has come after a suggestion made by a number of academics from these colleges supported by the presidency of Salahaddin University as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The university was expanded later to include the College of Health Sciences and the Medical Research Center. A Center for Research and Education in Women's Health has also been established in the university.

Aim of Hawler Medical University[edit]

The overall aim of establishment of Hawler Medical University is to improve the medical education in the Kurdistan region as well as to have a better management of the mentioned colleges. This did not mean that the colleges were newly founded, but a new management structure was adopted while the oldest college, the College of Medicine, was founded in 1977.

Establishment of a university for medical group colleges was by itself the first experience in Iraq.

Hawler Medical University provides undergraduate and graduate studies in different medical and health sciences. All the study programs in the university are in the English language.

Vision and Mission

Hawler Medical University is intended to be an innovative center of excellence in learning and research while supporting students and researchers committed to assisting the community. The aim is to promote the development of students to reach their true potential in becoming competent, ethical, caring and inquiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses as well as visionary leaders.

Hawler Medical University is committed to academic freedom and the principles of equal opportunity with no discrimination in delivering its services and applying knowledge with high standards of intellectual, educational and research productivity. It is intended to become a learning institution that provides education and research services in all fields of health and education like a modern medical university in a well-developed country.