About Catholic University In Erbil
Vice – chancellor: (Dr. Nazar Shabila)
The Catholic University of Erbil was established in 2015 with the help of the Italian Bishop’s Conference in Rome with the purpose to provide education for the IDPs, especially after the Islamic State had destroyed the educational institutions in the Nineveh Plain in 2014. CUE is a non-profit educational and scientific research university with 280 undergraduate students coming from all different faiths and from all over Iraq, with the majority being IDPs, on a campus located in the heart of the Catholic community in Ankawa.
CUE plans to grow at around 250 new students per year for the next four years, and with that increase comes a voice, and the voiceless need a voice. However, a key barrier in this plan is the tuition of scholarships since parents do not have the means to provide higher education for their children, as unemployment rate is around seventy percent in the villages of Nineveh Plain. Thus, it is crucial that CUE must find scholarship support for the next five years to provide the young people an education; Consequently, the University created a core donorship programme worldwide, and ACN Germany became the first major foundational core donor with their Pope Francis Scholarships grant.
- Structure of hope for a future for the Christian Community
- Provide education
- Provide jobs
- Decrease migration
- Voice for the minority community
- Building platforms of coexistence, peace and working together for a united country