About the university: Western University is one of the first private universities in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded in 1991, it has become one of the leading universities in the country. It was founded with the objective to prepare specialists that would contribute to the economic, social and political development of Azerbaijan during and after its economic transition. Its five schools, which include over 180 faculty members, provide undergraduate and graduate training in 36 specialties to over 1000 students on full-time, evening and correspondence courses.
Areas of expertise: The unversity established a Research Center on Sustainable Human Development which carries out various research projects on sustainable human development in the country, currently in the context of UN post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Among its research topics are new trends in sustainable human development and the monitoring of this process; the impact of natural, economic and social environment on sustainable human development; regional discrepancies in the level of human development; and gender aspects of human development, women empowerment and mainstreaming gender policies in national development strategies.
Courses offered: The university offers a number of degrees in business, economics and international relations, including programmes taught in English. Among them are Bachelor's programmes in economics and finance; Bachelor's and Master's programmes in international economics, international relations, regional studies, business administration, and tourism and hotel management; Master's programmes in banking, insurance, legal regulation of the economy, business management, and tourism economics; and PhD programmes in international economics, regional economy, international relations, and fiscal policy and public finance.