Western University is a private educational institution based in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. Founded in 1991, it has become one of the leading universities in Azerbaijan. It has a well-established reputation in the academic sector and provides a vast range of departments for serious-minded students. The requirements to enter the University are among the highest among non-state universities.
Western University was founded with the purpose to create an educational institution which would contribute to the economic, social and political development of Azerbaijan through teaching students to become specialists who would satisfy the needs of the Republic during and after its economic transition.
Western University has been a member of European Foundation for Management Development since 1996. It has also been a member of International Universities Association (IAU) within UNESCO since 1997, a member of Black Sea Universities Network since 1999 as well as a corporate member of International Institute of Administrative Sciences since 2001, and a member of International Tourism Association "Atlas". For its achievements in the academic field in the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009, Western University was awarded the Diploma "Ugur" as the best higher educational establishment. The rating of the School of Political Science and the School of Business Administration is one of the highest in the Republic and is higher than in many large national state universities.
Western University is a partner organization in several projects of the program Erasmus Mundus funded by the European Union. Through these projects, students have the opportunity to continue their education for one semester at the partner universities of the project countries of Western Europe, such as France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, etc. Students, who will get this chance, are exempted from tuition fees in those universities and they will be given scholarships by the European Union in the amount of 1,000 euros per month.
Western University provides training in thirty specialties for over 1,000 students based on full-time, part-time and correspondence courses. Each year about 350 students are enrolled in twenty-one programs delivered in five schools. Courses are taught by over 180 faculty members and adjunct professors. The studentship includes the youth from various countries around the world, which emphasizes the University’s excellent reputation.
The University is located in a large four-story building of classical architecture near the Presidential Palace and the Old Castle which is in the Center of Baku's fascinating downtown. During the 22 years of its existence, Western University has become well known not only in Azerbaijan but also outside the Republic.