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CUE Establishment & History

The social, political, and fundamental needs for which the CUE was founded .

  • The CUE was founded at a stage in which both Iraq and Kurdistan Region (KR) went through harsh conditions in terms of terrorism and persecution brought about by some terrorist groups and organizations that have had a far reaching impact on the existence in their ancestral homeland where civilization was first born leading to the continuous migration of many young people to the exile, a phenomenon that may lead to the disappearance of the indigenous people of this ancient country.
  • The establishment of the university will certainly help the remaining members of the community through the provision of job opportunities and reaching out to the immigrants and encouraging them, especially the competencies, either to return back to their homeland or else provide services and contribute to solving the problems facing the changing society amid present-day globalization and information technology that have tremendously affected the world at large, especially the Christian existence in the region.

The CUE was founded in December 2015 by His Grace Bishop Bashar Warda bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Erbil in District 189, Ankawa, Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq.

Its foundation stone was laid on 20 October 2012. The campus of the university has an area of 30,000 square meters of land. The Italian Episcopal Conference offered 2.3 million euros for the project. The Catholic University of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon was contacted for help and guidance.

The CUE is a non-profit higher education and scientific research academic institution that provides recognized degrees in arts and sciences. It welcomes students coming from various cultures, faiths, and backgrounds to join its study programmes in an environment of tolerance and academic excellence where the quality and the values of human dignity and justice are promoted. It is a community-based open academic institution where higher education tradition is maintained. It is dedicated to forming the next generation of leaders who ae equipped with the required training and competence to serve their community in Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the international community at large in line with serving the common good and maintain the dignity of the human person.

As a member of the worldwide community of catholic universities, the CUE will be able to introduce its students to some of the most renowned scholars and professors in the world who will be regularly present to deliver lectures and teach classes on the CUE Campus.

The CUE students will also have the opportunity to be in touch with our partner universities in Australia, USA, and Europe and virtually participate in their various teaching and learning programmes.