Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research

This organization was firstly established under the name of Kurdistan Technology and Research Centres by Professor Dr. Polla Khanaqa with the support of the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government Omar Fatah, and Dr Akhtar Najmaddin, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in 2005. After that, Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research (KISSR) was established at the end of 2008 by Professor Dr. Polla Khanaqa and his colleagues in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Council of Ministers – KRG. Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies Scientific Research is the first research institution in Kurdistan Region which is specialized for scientific research and strategy studies. Kurdistan In addition, this Institution was established to achieve four aims. Firstly, conducting high quality researches in a variety of scientific and humanity fields to step forward a civilized society in Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Secondly, developing the levels of technology, monitoring the living state and progressing in Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Thirdly, increasing and supporting academic thinking within society. Lastly, Offering standards for protecting the environment, controlling food and drinks in Kurdistan Region.

Both local and international staff at Kurdistan Institution are responsible to conduct high quality researches, lecture and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kurdistan Institution, and the Universities and Institutes of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, give training courses to the employees from the other ministries of Kurdistan Regional Government, and give presentations, participating seminars, workshops, and conferences. Meanwhile, local and international students could conduct their researches as well as do experiments at Kurdistan Institution. As of 2012, approximately 110 students have completed their research works at the laboratories of Kurdistan Institution.

There are currently four active research centres in Kurdistan Institution in variety of fields, which are:

  • Research Centre of Geology & Organic Petrology
  • Research Centre of Microbiology and Health
  • Research Centre of Quality Control, Environment, and Agriculture
  • Research Centre of Strategic Studies

In addition, Kurdistan Institution includes the following directorates:

  • Directorate of Information technology
  • Directorate of Health and Safety
  • Directorate of Anti-fascism and Terrorism

These departments also are part of the Kurdistan Institution:

  • Department of Academic Journals and Magazines
  • Department of Postgraduate Studies
  • Department of Relations
  • Department of Quality Assurance
  • Department of Media


Kurdistan Institution includes several research centres, directorates, departments, and research departments as it shown in the below table

Unit Number
Research Centres 4
Directorates 3
Departments 5
Research Departments 13

Moreover, Kurdistan Institution has both local and international academic staffs. The table below presents the number of local and international professors, assistant professors, lecturers, assistant lecturers, postgraduate students, and assistant researcher/ lab assistant for the academic year of 2014-2015

Academic Staff Local International
Professors 1 0
Assistant Professors 3 1
Lecturers 5 4
Assistant Lecturers 18 2
Postgraduate Students 0 5
Assistant Researcher/ Lab Assistant 34 0