Western University (Azerbaijan)

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Western University
Qərb Universiteti
Type Private
Established 1991
Rector Husein Baghirov
Academic staff
Students 1000
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Campus Urban
Website www.wu.edu.az

Western University (Azerbaijani: Qərb Universiteti) is a private university in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded in 1991 by Husein Baghirov, it has six schools, 25 majors, 180 faculty and approximately 1000 students. The university took its name because it is modeled after Western universities in style of instruction and values, the latter in response to some of the corrupt practices under the Soviet system.[1] Much of the instruction is conducted in English.

In the late 1990s, the school partnered with American universities, such as Indiana University, to help set up its programs in business and law.[2][3] Many of its partnerships were formed through the now defunct United States Information Agency. Currently, the school has ties with Indiana University, University of Kansas, Mississippi Valley State University, University of North Alabama and Delta State University.[4]


Entry to Western University is competitive. Citizens of Azerbaijan are required to achieve a minimum score of 500 (out of 700) in the National University Admission Tests (NUAT). International applicants are welcome. Applicants from Turkey are expected to achieve a similar score in NUAT exams.

To make a competitive application, International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to achieve a score of at least 38 points, including 39 points for Medicine, Economics and Law.

Conditional offer for A level students will be at least AAA including an A grade in required subjects.

An A* grade in Biology will be required for studying Medicine.


  1. ^ Husein Baghirov, "Rethinking Education: The Birth of Western University", Azerbaijan International, (9.4) Winter 2001, accessed on April 15, 2006
  2. ^ Sandy Bate, "USIA grant to fund SPEA-Azerbaijan faculty exchanges", IU Home Pages, November 20, 1998, accessed on April 15, 2006
  3. ^ CIEDA, "Public Administration Curriculum Development: Western University, Azerbaijan", accessed on April 15, 2006
  4. ^ "University of North Alabama's USIA University Partnershop Program", accessed on April 15, 2006