The institution that became Salahaddin University-Erbil was founded in 1968 in Sulaimani. In 1981, the university was moved to Erbil and the name was changed to Salahaddin University-Erbil.
Salahaddin University-Erbil is the oldest and largest public comprehensive university in Kurdistan region. It is the educational home to more than 26,000 undergraduates and more than 900 graduate students. Salahaddin University-Erbil offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and award degrees at the certificate, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The programs include: Engineering, Science, law & Politics, Agriculture, Business & Administration, Physical Education, Art and Sociology, Fine Arts, Languages, Religion, and Teaching methods. Salahaddin University-Erbil has more than 1700 academic staff and 4,000 employees in administration and professional staff.
The instructional, research, and service missions of the University reflect the needs of the respective geographic areas. The University also serves state wide, national, and international needs by offering consultancy, educational and research activities in communities throughout the state and through research and training exchanges and world-wide partnership programs. In this way, Salahaddin University-Erbil has enriched the cultural, political, and industrial sectors of Kurdistan for four decades, playing a major role in the advancement of Kurdish society.