About us


With 5 Medical education in the Kurdistan region, each unlike any other, the Koay University for medical education is providing a unique education in an excellent academic community. Faced with a wide range of diverse options, the aspiring medical students could well ask: What are the defining differences of Koya University School of Medicine? If I choose to attend, will I be able to achieve my personal and professional goals here?

Koya’s location in close to Erbil the capital of the region, the city is home of the renowned National heroes such as Haj Qadir Koyí, Melay Gewre, Dilldar, and President Jala Talabani whom are the good example for the relationship between education and excellence and culturally exciting city which certainly makes it unique. More distinguishing, however, is Koya’s philosophy which is tradition of caring for the ones in need. Therefore many came here and never left as they were taken care off. From its inception Koya has been committed to the pursuit of knowledge in service of the community.#

The Koya medical education vision is based on the psychological, spiritual, social as well as physical well-being of the person. It lays the groundwork for the intellectual and ethical formation of physician-healers committed to the clinically competent care and well-being of their patients and dedicated to the health needs of the underserved in our society. This philosophy finds expression in research and in science and service, as well as in the dialogue of faith and technology.

Koya’s SMED ambition for excellence in clinical education is perpetuated not only through the diversity of the patient populations that medical students encounter but also through their early exposure to clinical care involving close work with Koya University Hospital. Koya’s SMED curriculum includes systems based/multidisciplinary instruction in the basic sciences, early introduction to clinical / ambulatory care, a wide range of electives, and time for independent study. Teaching methods such as lectures with labs, small group instruction, and self-directed learning challenge students to learn core biomedical science in the context of patient problems drawn from the bedside and the clinic.

Koya’s SMED concern for the ethical dimensions of medical practice contributes to its distinctiveness and finds expression in an integrated, longitudinal ethical and cultural competency course. This course combines exposure to the ethical dimensions of medical care as well as the religious and cultural traditions associated with it. In addition, the course not only addresses the major ethical dilemmas encountered in clinical practice but also aims to promote the reflective exercise of moral agency and the acquisition of moral reasoning skills.

Finally, the uniqueness of Koya University’s School of Medicine (SMED) resides in the tangible sense of the philosophy played out in the basic science and the clinical experience creating a community of scholars and healers who are challenged to achieve their personal potential; dedicated to healing the individual patient; committed to serving the healthcare needs of the community; and to advocating for those who have no voice in our society.