College of Engineering

About College of Engineering

Who we are

About College of Engineering

The College of Engineering (CoE) is one of the three original colleges established with the founding of the University of Sulaimani in 1968. Initially, the college commenced its operations with the Department of Civil Engineering, enrolling 44 students during the inaugural academic year of 1968-1969. Subsequently, in 1973-1974, the Department of Electrical Engineering was introduced, admitting 30 students. The first cohort of students graduated with a BSc degree in the academic year 1971-1972. Over the years, the number of students steadily grew, resulting in 1451 graduates from ten BSc classes by 1981.

However, in 1981, the University of Sulaimani was temporarily closed and relocated to Erbil, assuming a new identity as the University of Salahaddin. The College of Engineering remained dormant until the University of Sulaimani was re-established in Sulaymaniyah in 1992. Following this development, the College of Engineering was reopened in September 1995, initially offering the Department of Irrigation Engineering (later renamed Water Resources Engineering). Subsequently, in the academic year 1996-1997, the Building Construction Department (later renamed Civil Engineering) began admitting students, followed by the Department of Architecture Engineering in 1999-2000. Finally, the Department of Electrical Engineering was established in 2004-2005. Moreover, The Department of Computer Engineering is currently scheduled to open and accept students for the academic year 2023-2024.

Between 1995 and 2021, the College of Engineering has graduated 4748 engineers with Bachelor's degrees, reflecting a gender ratio of 55% male and 45% female.

The mission of the College of Engineering is to cultivate highly skilled engineering graduates who are prepared to make valuable contributions to the workforce or pursue advanced studies. We achieve this mission by offering a practice-oriented education that emphasizes the principles and applications of laboratory work.

Our approach to education goes beyond theoretical knowledge, as we believe in equipping our students with practical skills that are directly applicable to real-world engineering challenges. By emphasizing practical learning, we bridge the gap between theory and practice, enabling our graduates to tackle complex engineering challenges with confidence and innovation. Our students gain valuable experience in applying engineering principles, conducting experiments, and solving problems. This practical approach ensures that our graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce and make an immediate impact in their chosen fields.


We strive to maintain a curriculum that is aligned with industry needs and emerging trends in engineering. By staying updated with the latest advancements and technologies, we ensure that our students receive a relevant and comprehensive education. This includes fostering critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills, as we recognize the importance of these competencies in today’s professional engineering environment.

Furthermore, we provide a supportive and engaging learning environment that encourages innovation, creativity, and lifelong learning. Our faculty members are experienced professionals who are dedicated to imparting their expertise and guiding students towards excellence. We also foster collaboration and partnerships with industry stakeholders to facilitate internships, research opportunities, and exposure to real-world engineering projects.

In summary, Whether our students choose to enter the workforce or pursue further studies, the College of Engineering is committed to producing well-qualified engineering graduates who possess the practical skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers or further academic pursuits. Our emphasis on laboratory work principles and applications ensures that our students are prepared to tackle the challenges of the engineering profession from day one.

Our vision is to be a world-class College regionally, nationally and internationally recognized for its leadership and excellence in teaching, research, creative expression, community engagement and service. We will build on our existing strengths to become the leading engineering college in the region and the destination of choice for students and college staff.

To achieve our vision, we will strive to provide unparalleled educational experiences that foster innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Our goal is to produce graduates who are not only technically proficient but also possess the ability to adapt to emerging challenges and contribute positively to society.

Community engagement and service are integral to our vision. We aspire to actively participate in addressing the needs of our local community, forging strong partnerships with industry, government, and societal stakeholders. Through these collaborations, we will seek to create positive change, promote sustainable development, and make a lasting impact on the well-being of our society.


As we work towards our vision, we are committed to upholding the highest academic integrity, inclusivity, and diversity standards. By fostering an environment that nurtures intellectual curiosity, cultural understanding, and ethical responsibility, we will cultivate a community of lifelong learners and global citizens.

Through our unwavering pursuit of excellence, we will elevate the College of Engineering to international acclaim, solidifying our position as a distinguished institution that shapes the future of engineering education and research.

The college’s primary objective is to provide a comprehensive education in engineering sciences, empowering students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their chosen fields. We aim to equip students with the expertise to undertake service projects encompassing various areas, including building construction, highways, irrigation, water resources, electrical engineering, and architecture.

In addition to preparing students for successful careers, we are committed to preserving ancient buildings and promoting modern Kurdish architecture. By nurturing a local engineering workforce, we strive to protect and conserve the rich cultural heritage embodied in historic structures. Simultaneously, we encourage the development of contemporary Kurdish architecture that harmoniously blends tradition and innovation.

Through a robust curriculum and hands-on training, we empower our students to contribute to the growth and development of their communities. By instilling a sense of responsibility and promoting sustainable practices, we inspire them to actively engage in projects that enhance the quality of life for the people of our region.

20230522_133100Furthermore, we endeavour to foster an environment of innovation and creativity. By encouraging research and exploration, we aim to push the boundaries of engineering knowledge and discover novel solutions to complex challenges. This commitment to continuous improvement ensures that our graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and mindset to address the evolving needs of society.

In summary, our college aims to provide a comprehensive education in engineering sciences while undertaking service projects in various domains. We are dedicated to developing a Kurdish engineering workforce capable of preserving historic structures and contributing to the creation of modern Kurdish architecture. By fostering innovation and community engagement, we strive to make a positive impact on society and empower our students to become agents of change.

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