Komar University of Science and Technology

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Komar University of Science and Technology
زانكۆى كۆمار بۆ زانست و ته‌كنه‌لۆجیا
MottoEthics, Knowledge, and Skills
PresidentDr. Salahalddin Saeed [1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
35°35′32″N 45°21′43″E / 35.5921863°N 45.3619602°E / 35.5921863; 45.3619602Coordinates: 35°35′32″N 45°21′43″E / 35.5921863°N 45.3619602°E / 35.5921863; 45.3619602
ColorsBlue, Yellow, and Red

Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) is a private university located in the city of Sulaimany in Kurdistan region. It was founded in 2009.


Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) - Sulaimany was established and licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government, by the official letter no. 17867/7 on October 18, 2009. KUST is a private university governed by a Board of Trustees and run by an Administration Council. Its main campus is located in the city of Sulaimani, in Kurdistan- Iraq. KUST offered its first teaching classes in 2010 with an English language summer course (levels 1 and 3).

Message from the President[edit]

For any building to stand firmly and straight a strong and sound foundation is required. This is exactly the case with Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST). KUST was established with international recognition and accreditation in mind.Thus, it has endeavored to design its infrastructure and academic programs by referring to many internationally accredited universities around the world, especially in the US and UK. For instance, College of Engineering observes the standards set by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In terms of management, KUST has been very successful so far. This is because it has applied the four basic elements of successful management, i.e., planning, recruiting, directing and controlling. As for planning, it has the Board of Trustees and the University Council that set administrative and academic plans and policies for the university; in terms of recruitment, it has the Human Resources Office that works hard to hire through rigorous interviews knowledgeable and experienced people for administration and academic jobs; in terms of directing, it has loyal and professional chairpersons and directors who work seriously to ascertain that the plans and policies are implemented in the best way possible; finally, the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA) checks the quality of the academic programs and the teaching-learning process. Therefore, KUST has being steadily developing and expanding quantitatively and qualitatively. For example, in 2018, it could open the College of Medicine with two very important departments, namely, Department of Dentistry and Department of Pharmacy. It also has plans to open other departments to meet the needs of the market. Qualitatively, it continuously develops its academic programs, teaching-learning process and research activity depending on the educational advancements around the world and feedback from the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA). In addition to the above-mentioned points, KUST has always attempted to create a healthy environment for its students, faculty, and staff as well. This healthy environment has catered for their personal, academic and administrative needs. Hence, KUST could be one of the most productive universities in the aforementioned areas. It is also this welcoming environment that attracts people from around the world to come and work at KUST. Being taught and trained in such an environment, KUST's students graduate equipped with ethics, knowledge and skills to make them life-long learners and successful in their future careers. This catalog of Komar University of Science and Technology has been prepared to provide an overall comprehensive guide to its academic and administrative programs and units. Finally, having such a well-established, successful and constantly expanding university is a source of pride and an impetus to work harder to serve our country and the world as well.

General Over View[edit]

Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) in Sulaimany was founded and licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, according to the Kurdistan Region Government's official letter No. 17867/7 on October 18, 2009. KUST is a private university governed by a Board of Trustees and administered by its University Council. Its main campus is located in the city of Sulaimany, in Kurdistan, Iraq. We are currently at an exciting stage of our development. This catalog aims to demonstrate KUST's well-established Academic Programs. KUST has been implementing these programs since December 2011 and updates them in accordance with new developments of academic programs in recognized international universities.


Komar University of Science and Technology aspires to be one of the world-class universities by adopting the most developed educational systems in the world and preparing its students to be globally competitive. Its dreams go beyond the regional borders as it aims to prepare students who will make a global difference.


The mission of Komar University of Science and Technology is to contribute to the advancement of society through science and technology and to prepare its graduates to assume a leading role in this endeavor.


KUST will achieve its mission by fulfilling the following objectives:

  1. Create an environment to acquire and transfer knowledge and skills in science and technology;
  2. Create an environment which encourages critical thinking and friendly faculty-student interactions;
  3. Prepare students for a variety of careers in science and technology professions based on international standards and accreditation;
  4. Encourage cooperation between KUST, private industry, and government to improve the quality of students’ academic learning and to meet the needs of the public and private sectors;
  5. Provide professional consultation to the government and the private sector;
  6. Support technological development and its applications to improve the quality of life in the region and Iraq, and;
  7. Promote the culture of professional and ethical conduct throughout society

Educational Philosophy[edit]

Komar University of Science and Technology adopts constructivism as its educational philosophy. Based on the notion of “Learning by doing”, constructivism believes that knowledge is constructed rather than acquired. Hence it requires active engagement of students in their own learning process. This brought about the idea of student-centered classes. Inspired by this philosophy, KUST aspires to make its students, regardless of their majors, achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Communication
  3. Professionalism (defined by an Individual academic program)
  4. Ethics
  5. Life- Long Learning

Master Calendar[edit]

The master calendar is a calendar for all the university activities. It provides information for faculty members, staff members, and students. It includes the schedule of all offices. The master calendar has been implemented at Komar University of Science and Technology since 2016.

Academic and Non-Academic Booklets[edit]

  1. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Instructions
  2. Bylaws
  3. Student Handbook
  4. Faculty Handbook
  5. Staff Handbook
  6. Quality Assurance Handbook
  7. Departments Catalog
  8. Laboratory Catalog

Quality Assurance[edit]


Komar University of Science and Technology implements a uniform flowchart in all academic departments. The flowchart is designed based on the International accreditation system. It is adopted from the top universities all over the world. It shows all required courses, including core and elective courses, that students should complete in order to get their degrees. In general, the courses are distributed over three major categories: University courses, College courses, and Departmental courses. The three major categories have different shares in terms of the number of credit hours. The number of credit hours range from minimum 120 to approximately 127. All of the departmental flowcharts are published on the Komar University of Science and Technology website, The total number of credit hours are distributed semi-equally over 8 semesters. Students may also take summer intensive courses, which gives them the chance to finish their study in less than four years. Only students who are eligible are able to take the courses on the academic flowcharts.

Flowchart detailed description[edit]

The flowchart works based on Credit Hours (CH). The courses are mainly distributed over three course categories: University Courses, College Courses, and Departmental Courses. Each block on the flowchart contains the course name, course code, course prerequisite, and course co-requisite. The chromatic coding on the flowchart also indicates to which category the course belongs.


The quality criterion of the academic courses is set by the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA). In each and every academic semester, all the syllabuses are checked and approved by the OQAA and Academic Departments Chairpersons. The syllabus at Komar University of Science and Technology is an essential part of academic programs since it contains all the relevant information about the course such as instructor's address, course prerequisite and co-requisites, course description, course content, lesson plans, etc. The syllabus of all the courses can be found at http://komar.edu.iq/courses.


KUST has four colleges, College of Medicine, College of Business, College of Engineering, and the College of Sciences.[3]

College of Medicine[edit]

Department of Dentistry (DEN)[edit]

Department of Dentistry is one of the two departments opened in the College of Medicine. It has received its first batch of students for the 2018-2019 academic year. It aspires to be internationally recognized by applying the highest international educational standards and having the best instructors and facilities available. It aims to prepare generations of highly qualified dentists who would be able to serve their community and the world as well Upon completing five academic years (ten successive regular semesters [fall and spring] and summer enforcement training courses), students will gain BSc degree.

  1. Dental Specialties are:
  2. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  4. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  5. Oral and maxillofacial medicine
  6. Prosthodontics 6.Endodontic and conservative
  7. Public Health
  8. Orthodontics
  9. Pediatric Dentistry
  10. Periodontics

Department of Pharmacy (PHR)[edit]

The Department of Pharmacy is one of the two departments of the College of Medicine. It has received its first batch of students for the 2018-2019 academic year. It aspires to be internationally recognized by applying the highest international educational standards and having the best instructors and facilities available. It aims to prepare generations of highly qualified pharmacists who would be able to serve their community and the world as well.

The five-year course (BSc degree) comprises a variety of approaches of teaching pharmacy including: lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning, computer-assisted learning,communication skill, laboratory, and dispensing practice.

The main areas of the pharmacy program are pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, formulation design, drug action in the body and the practice of pharmacy. Within the five years of studying, students will gain a unique knowledge of both scientific development and clinical use of medicines. They will also develop consultation and decision making skills which enable them to support patients and prescribers in optimal use of medicines and contribute to the health and welfare of their communities

College of Engineering[edit]

Department of Civil Engineering (CVE)[edit]

The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the three engineering departments open with the opening of Komar University of Science and Technology in 2012. The civil engineering undergraduate program works according to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET accreditation means that the program meets certain, defined standards to ensure the quality of education and training provided to the students in the program. The Department of Civil Engineering has dedicated full-time faculty members. Most faculty members of the department hold Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from leading international academic institutions. The qualifications of the faculty members reflect the diversity of experiences and academic backgrounds of the faculty in the Department. The faculty members cover several areas of specialization that include structural engineering and concrete technology, surveying, highway and transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, water resources and environmental engineering.

Petroleum Engineering Department (PTE)[edit]

Komar University of Science and Technology, KUST, is the first university in Sulaimany, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, to offer a Bachelor of Science program in petroleum engineering. The department was established and began to enroll students in September 2012. The petroleum engineering program at KUST has a modern curriculum that emphasizes not only the theoretical part of upstream and specifically on reservoir engineering, production engineering and drilling engineering but also focuses on the practical knowledge in the form of field visits, workshops and industrial training. Petroleum Engineering Department (PTE) maintains a state of the art computer software lab with the industry oriented software. Students are given hands-on training on the software that they use while working. Petroleum engineers graduated from KUST are well equipped with knowledge and skills of basic engineering and fundamentals of petroleum engineering. The petroleum engineering program is specifically designed to serve the needs of Kurdistan Region and neighboring countries.

PTE is a fast growing department in Kurdistan Region, and it is aspired to be among top petroleum engineering programs in the country. Nowadays this growing department has more than 130 students, ranging from freshmen to senior level. PTE currently offers a Bachelor of Science program, which focuses mainly on reservoirs, drilling and completions. The Department follows the ABET educational system and eventually aspires to be accredited by ABET. The faculty of the PTE are committed to provide an academic environment that encourages active learning, teamwork activities, and high-quality student performance.

PTE has also established the student chapter of Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE). The chapter is supported by the department to promote the professional development of the students. It conducts various academic and extracurricular activities within the department.

Computer Engineering Department (CPE)[edit]

The Computer Engineering program focuses on hardware (hardware design and test), software (software development), the design, analysis, and application of computers and on the theory of computation. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in computer engineering, and students will acquire knowledge, practice, and ideas about different areas in computer engineering such as network, software systems, computer architecture, and embedded systems, etc.

Department of Environmental Engineering (NVE)[edit]

Environmental Engineering is one of the broadest and most recent fields of engineering. Environmental engineers aim to create a healthy and high quality environment for human beings all around the globe. Projects such as air pollution reduction, air quality improvement, water and soil pollution treatment, water and wastewater systems, noise pollution and natural resources management, sanitation systems, solid waste systems and landfills are led by environmental engineers, through the initial plans, final design, and implementation.

Students who graduate from the Department of Environmental Engineering enjoy a good chance of being hired by employers in industry and academia. Entry-level positions for environmental engineers are found all over the world-in large and small engineering firms, in government agencies, consulting firms, major corporations, and more. Alumni from our department can thus be found in many major organizations and firms throughout the global economy, providing you with further opportunities for future employment.

College of Business[edit]

Department of Accounting (ACC)[edit]

The Department of Accounting at KUST is an acknowledged center of excellence. The department has a tradition of intellectual diversity. We are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge related to accounting through research, teaching, and various professional and policy contributions. Graduates of the department program will grasp the potential of accounting in a wide range of settings. Our graduates will learn to analyze how accounting is implicated in a multifaceted range of institutional and organizational processes of calculation, reporting and evaluation. Our faculty explores an equally diverse range of issues in their research drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives. This is a place of outstanding faculty, cutting-edge research, global perspective, and a commitment to preparing graduates and placing them in dynamic careers. High level of entrepreneurship and innovation is at the core of our mission.

Department of Business Administration (BUA)[edit]

KUST family brings together multiple disciplines to graduate students armed with cutting edge knowledge, skills and highest standards of ethics. One of the programs is Business Administration, with four different majors.

Students will be given the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in one of the following majors:

  • Banking and Finance
  • e-Commerce
  • Information Management
  • Marketing

To equip students with the best possible opportunities, two major changes shall be taken into account. First, due to globalization, we are living in a larger geographical space in comparison to three decades ago. Not only goods and services but, also, the labor force moves easier around the globe. This means that domestic markets are not the only place for local workers. This change requests a type of education that can produce skills and ethical standards that reflect the needs of the contemporary international market. Thus, providing educational weapons for “going global” is at the center of our aims.

The program helps students develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, leadership, professionalism, and other skills that will serve them for lifelong learning. The courses will be offered in a thirteen-week format per semester.

We support an academic atmosphere that encourages freedom of speech. We highly defend open discussions, debates, and critiques. Studying with us is not only a tool to, eventually, get a decent job, but it is also to have a joyful and comfortable experience.

College of Science[edit]

Medical Laboratory Science Department (MLS)[edit]

Medical Laboratory Science department provides a state of art of education (both theoretical knowledge and technical skills) necessary for proficient performance of clinical laboratory procedures. The department is committed to provide the highest standards of education and prepare highly competent medical laboratory scientists.

The MLS program is designed to produce properly trained individuals with the necessary skills, work ethics, attitudes, and professional integrity to enter the health care community. We continuously update our program to make sure we are in line with the new scientific discoveries related to the laboratory analyses; in the meantime, we always consider to fulfill the local needs of competent medical laboratory scientists.

Computer Science Department (CPS)[edit]

The program of Computer Science Department prepares students for a large variety of careers in computing, including design and management of computer and information systems, software engineering, networks, web design, database design and management, graphics and handling digital images and multimedia applications, applications for mobile devices algorithms, system analysis and security of the systems. The main objective of the bachelor's degree program is to prepare graduates for professional practice in both private and public sectors, and student's life-long learning. This could be achieved by providing students with a scientific background in skills of precise analysis and creative design. The program also provides a broad education of knowledge of current technologies and solving problems in the field of computer science that can contribute to assist other fields of science in a learning environment that is rigorous, challenging, open and supportive. The Computer Science BSc degree program at KUST follows the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

College of Languages[edit]

Department of English (EGH)[edit]

The Department of English at Komar University of Science and Technology offers students a four-year study undergraduate program leading to an English major. If students fulfill this undergraduate study program successfully and meet all the University, College and Departmental requirements, they hold a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature.

The objectives of the Department are to provide its students with the skills required to master the English language and communicate effectively in English. The four major skills covered in depth are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Graduates from the Department would be able to receive and produce a diverse range of discourse including academic as well as professional texts in English within an analytical, critical and logical frame of mind.

Other skills which the Department aims at providing the students with include translation, research writing, communication in a foreign language other than English and fundamental teaching skills. The Department also aims at acquainting its students to some extent with the culture, tradition, history as well as social and ethical values of the English-speaking world. These objectives also generally fall within the overall goals of any academic institution of promoting literacy

Foundation Year[edit]

One of the distinctive features of Komar University of Science and Technology is that it has a foundation year where students are well prepared to commence their academic study in English. During this year, the Center of Intensive English Program (CIEP) prepares students to communicate both in writing and speaking in English well. Once students are admitted to an academic department, they sit the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to indicate their English level. It is worth mentioning that OOPT adopts the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages that classifies language proficiency into six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. All the internationally recognized language tests can be mapped to this framework. Based on their results, students will be assigned an appropriate level or pass and start studying in their respective departments.

The details are as follows:

  • Level 1(A1): 0-20 out of 120
  • Level 2 (A2): 21-39 out of 120
  • Level 3 (B1): 40-59 out of 120
  • Level 4 (B2): 60-79 out of 120
  • Pass: 80+ out of 120

Office of Student Affairs and Registration (OSAR)[edit]

The Office of Student Affairs and Registration (OSAR) consists of a team of professionals whose goal is to support and foster the student intellectual and personal growth and provide assistance to them to explore and experience the different aspects of university life. After notification of official acceptance into a degree program, students at Komar will be provided with an online account through which they can register for the courses they are eligible for at the beginning of each semester provided that their tuition fees are paid for the courses they attend.

While most students will register themselves for classes through the online Course Registration System, the staff at OSAR is available to offer personalized assistance to answer any questions related to the use of the online system, enrollment policies and procedures. A normal undergraduate program load is 18 credit hours per semester. Twelve semester credits are considered the minimum full time load. The maximum course load for a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher after the consent of the department’s Chairperson is 21 credits.

Course Registration Process[edit]

A schedule of classes is published online prior to the registration period for each semester which lists the courses that are to be offered, their meeting times and locations. This allows students to create their own schedule prior to the online registration. Komar uses an advanced bespoke Class Schedule System, which is shown in Figure 22, to provide the best possible class schedule that considers room and teacher availability, and eliminates time and class conflict for the students.


MyKomar is an online Student Information Management System, developed by Komar;explained t consists of a number of subsystems. The system is the first of its kind in Kurdistan Region facilitating academic tasks such as:

  • Student Attendance Management
  • Course Registration
  • Course Feedback
  • Exam Result Publication
  • Student Council Election Voting

Grading System[edit]

# Grade Letter Grade Point Percentage Score
1 A 4.0 95-100
2 A- 3.7 90 - 94.99
3 B+ 3.3 85 - 89.99
4 B 3.0 80 - 84.99
5 B- 2.7 75 - 79.99
6 C+ 2.3 70 - 74.99
7 C 2.0 65 - 69.99
8 C- 1.7 60 - 64.99
9 D+ 1.3 55 - 54.99
10 D 1.0 50 - 54.99
11 F 0.0 0 - 49.99


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