About CUE

The Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) is a non-profit institution of higher education and scientific research providing recognized degrees in the arts and sciences.

CUE welcomes students of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to come study in an environment of tolerance and academic excellence, promoting, quality, and the dignity and justice.

CUE is an open academic community, based in the best tradition of higher education, dedicated to forming the next generation of leaders to serve with professional excellence in Kurdistan, Iraq and internationally, for the common good, and the dignity of the human person.

As a member of the worldwide community of Catholic University, CUE will be able to introduce its students to some of the finest scholars in the world who will regularly be present as professors and teachers here on the CUE campus.

CUE students will also have the ability to communicate and participate virtually with our partner universities in Australia, USA and Europe.

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About CUE Chancellor

D. Sabah Yousif Al Maleh

He was graduated from the College of Administration and Economics / University of Baghdad in 1969/1970 and he was top student in his college and as he was appointed directly in the Ministry of Planning until 1982 in the field of educational planning in general and higher education planning in particular.

He Participated in UNESCO centers in Lebanon and France in 1972 and 1981 in the field of educational planning and management.

He received his MA and PhD from Liverpool University in the United Kingdom in 1990 and was asked to work in the same university as a Systems and Development Manager until 2003.

He worked at the University of Coventry, UK for the period 2003-2006 as a Senior Instructor and Director of the short-term courses program.

He was invited by the Kurdistan Regional Government to work in the Kurdistan Regional Government as a Senior Adviser at the rank of Deputy of the Ministry in November 2006 in the field of strategic planning and public policy and a member of the Economic Council. He was appointed head of the reform committee of the education system in the region in 2007 and was a member of the Advisory Council of the Minister of Education.

He assumed the chairman of the Standardization and Quality Control Authority of the Kurdistan Region at the end of 2013.

At present, he is the Chancellor of The Catholic University in Erbil since August 2018.

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The CUE Logo – Explained

  1. The symbol in general is streamlined in dimensions which reflects the streamlined dimensions of the intellect.
  2. The pyramid shape on the top symbolizes the Babylonian design and Mesopotamian culture.
  3. The letter centering the pyramid shape refer first letter of Chaldean language ALAP (A) that descended from the Mesopotamian languages which first invented writing. Also, the letter ALAP (A) refer to the first letter of Arbil city name.
  4. The yellow opened book shape located below the pyramid shape with the two yellow lines dragging downward refer to the knowledge which emerged from the depth of civilization heading to future.
  5. The two lines also symbolize Mesopotamia.
  6. The star icon on the right side refer to the Babylonian star over the city of Erbil
  7. The shape of building and gate at the bottom symbolizes the Arbil Citadel.

Strives to be a first-choice institution for discerning students who seek challenging programs, engaged faculty and a vibrant, globally connected campus culture through innovation in education, research and leadership.

Empower students of diversity and inclusion to contribute to the advancement of Local and Global communities through an emphasis on excellence in teaching and research, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, public-private partnerships and service to others.

Philosophy and Values

The CUE is a non-profit higher education and scientific research institution. It welcomes students from all cultures, religions, and educational backgrounds in an environment of tolerance and academic excellence. It stresses quality teaching and learning, peace, and justice.

It represents an open academic community based on the best higher education standards. It is dedicated to preparing the coming generation of professional leaders to work with competence and excellence in KR, Iraq and the world at large for the common good and human dignity.


In teaching, research, scholarship, creative endeavors, student services and in all aspects of the University’s operations is continuously pursued at the University to ensure institutional effectiveness and efficiency.


Reflected in our distinctive work ethic and in our commitment to excellence


Reflected in a culture and climate that seeks, welcomes and advances talented minds from diverse backgrounds


Honest communications, ethical behavior and accountability for words and deeds are expected from all members of the University community.


Reflected in our interdisciplinary approach, our focus on internal and external partnerships and our capacity to create new fields of inquiry

Life-Long Learning

Encouraging enthusiastic, independent thinkers and learners striving for personal growth.


Seeks to provide rigorous academic curricula and challenging co-curricular opportunities to promote the development of leadership qualities in students and to facilitate leadership development among faculty, staff and students.


Reflected in our shared commitment to lead by example in preserving and protecting our natural resources and in our approach to responsible financial planning.