The University of Rojava (UoR)
The University of Rojava was founded in Qamişlo in 2016, in the midst of the war, conflict, and extraordinary situation in Syria, in particular in Rojava/North and East of Syria. In this regard, it is an outcome of the Rojava Revolution. The UoR offered an opportunity to students who had to suspend their education programs due to the conflict in Syria and geographical disconnection. The forced migration as a result of this conflict caused difficulties in finding professional and scientific staff. The UoR became a solution to overcome these difficulties and support the students to maintain their education programs.
The foundation process of the UoR is ongoing as it, on the one hand, takes the universal experiences in higher education as a model, and, on the other hand, it adopts the historical and social values, and philosophy of Mesopotamia. The UoR acknowledges and uses modern techniques in scientific and academic works, and believes that the concept of education in the Middle East should be redefined. The education model that imposes authoritarianism on the society will not help people who are aware of their ability and capacity, able to understand and interpret developments, and participate in creating. On the contrary, such authoritarian models create a memorizing mind, dogmatic beliefs and people who are far from creation and creativity. Such education models are one of the essential reasons behind the conflicts in the Middle East.
The UoR claims to play a historical role in correcting this mistake and has identified duties and objectives to achieve this.
Duties and Objectives
The UoR aims to create a researching, creative, free, and freedom-seeking society and personality that believes in collective work and studies regional and international phenomena, and produces and uses scientific research and knowledge at a higher level. A society and individual who respects nature, society and women, and communicates with all cultures, beliefs and races. The primary goal of the UoR is to graduate individuals who are able to undertake and complete all social and political duties with their scientific, social, and ethical background.
The UoR also aims to make the connection between science and life more visible. It is important that students practice in their life the theoretical background they gained from the social sciences and natural sciences programs, and by doing this they become professional researchers.
Values and Perspective
The UoR believes that there is a need for new values and a new perspective in philisophy, and sociology, and that this will exist with a democratic, ecological, social, and non-sexist understanding. These values are at the core of the UoR’s science and education system. The UoR builds a unique methodology to develop these values and the dialectic relation between the nature and society.
Accordingly, ecological life, democratic society, women’s freedom, relation with all components of the society, impartiality and modernity, experience development, social memory and conscious construct the core values of the UoR.
Faculties and Departments of the UoR
The Petro-Chemistry Faculty was founded in 2016. The faculty building and its dormitory are located in Rimêlan. The duration of the program at this faculty is five years.
The Faculty of Agriculture was founded in 2016 and its building is in Qamişlo. The duration of the program at this faculty is five years.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences was founded in 2016 and it includes Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, History, and Primary School Teaching. The faculty building is in Qamişlo and the duration of each program at this faculty is four years.
Faculty of Ecological Engineering and Civil Engineering was founded in 2019. The faculty building is in Hesekê. The duration of the Ecological Engineering program is five years while of the Civil Engineering program (as an institution) is two years.
The Faculty of Language and Social Sciences. Kurdish Language and Literature, Fine Arts and Jineolojî departments were founded in 2016 and 2017 while the English Translation department was founded in 2019. The duration of the Kurdish Language and Literatur and Fine Arts programs are four years while Jineolojî and English Translation programs are two years.
The Advanced Mechatronic Institution was founded in 2019 in Qamişlo and the duration of the program is three years.
The Financial and Administrative Institution was founded in 2018 in Qamişlo. The duration of the program two years.