The KRG Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in decided to resume the doctoral study in all universities over the region.
The resume came according to ministerial decree number (15535) issued on August 9, 2015 that holds the signature of Dr. Yusuf Goran, the KRG Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
This decree was made during an expanded meeting in attendance of Dr. Yusuf Goran and presidents of universities in the Kurdistan region.
According to the decree, the higher education plan/ doctoral study to be resumed in the universities according to the following criteria:
First / regarding the doctoral studies, the universities will take the following points into consideration:
1- Scientific departments which have been enjoying the conditions of (A.) Have the services of a staff including one Professor plus three Assistant Professors, as well as the availability of other requirements, their plans will be accepted according to the instructions.
2- Scientific departments which have been enjoying the conditions of (A.) Have the services of a staff including one Professor plus three Assistant Professors, with the lack of other needs, their plans will not be accepted because they do not comply with the instructions of doctoral studies numbered (9/5623) which issued according by the ministry in March 18, 2015 and were published in the Waqaei Kurdistan (the Kurdish Facts) formal newspaper, number 184. According to the instructions, any scientific department that do not guarantee these conditions are not allowed to open the doctoral study, otherwise the universities would take the responsibility.
3- Sections which open the doctoral studies for the first time, and previously no students graduated according to the old system, and that which include the above-mentioned conditions in item number (1.), then they should present the proposal of opening doctoral studies to the Supreme Committee of Quality Assurance, accordingly to be accepted.
Second / We reinsure on the second topic of the higher education committee’s record, which were generalized by our ministry and sent to the universities via document number (9/13349) in (02/07/2015) about the application period , evaluation of the scientific results, the period of submitting complaints and disclose of the complaint’s results, will be as follows:
- The application period starts from Wednesday 12/08/2015 until Monday 31/08/2015.
- Scientific capabilities examinations will be done in 15/09/2015.
-Announcement of preliminary results: on Tuesday 05/10/2015, but prior to announcing the preliminary results, the universities should send the results to our ministry/ the Directorate of Research and Development for ratification.
- Period of complaints and objections: Monday, 12/10/2015, until Sunday 18/10/2015.
- Commencement of the program: Sunday 01/11/2015.
Third / The application process will comprehensive to all Kurdistan Region; and we certify on item 6 from the first topic of record number 3 by the Higher Education Committee which were generalized by our ministry and sent to the universities via document number (9/13349) in (02/07/2015) about the application period as follows:
A. Only willing employees from those universities, which a number of seats are allocated for including the new universities and polytechnic universities, can apply and compete among themselves over the specified number of allocated seats, in this case those applicants cannot compete over the other seats.
B. Applying for the other seats will become open for all employees of the ministry of higher education and scientific research, and applicants can compete among themselves over the seats, but these applicants cannot compete over those seats that are allocated for specified universities.
Fourth / Candidates of the second and the third rounds of the KRG Human Capacity Development (scholarship) Program (HCDP), whose applications are not processed yet and did not traveled abroad to study, can apply for the local doctoral study program. Once they were accepted in the local program, their names as accepted HCDP candidates will be erased, but if their applications to the local program were refused, their names as HCDP candidates will be reserved.
Fifth/ Proposals with their titles will not be announced, but only the number of the seats according to the accepted plan will be declared; after the candidates were admitted within the program, the proposals would be distributed among the accepted candidates.
Sixth / Plans of the universities will not be changed, if empty seats left, they will not be filled.
For implementation and conducting what is necessary.