For the first time , an Iraqi University has been listed among the universities in the world. The University of Baghdad has made it onto the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This is an list of the world's top 1,250 universities for and development. The University of Baghdad has been ranked in the from 801 to a thousand on the of best universities. Phil Baty, the editorial of the Times, stated that the university had "distinguished" for having a "very strong international cooperation". He said the University of Baghdad had played an role in the reconstruction of Iraq after its conflicts and internal strife.
The University of Baghdad (also called Baghdad University) is the university in Iraq and the second largest in the Arab world, behind the University of Cairo. Its go as far back as the year 1067, when it was known as Abu Haneefa. The first of the university's departments was founded in 1908. It was established as the University of Baghdad in 1956. It managed to stay open throughout the and occupations of Iraq during this . The ranking on the Times list is seen as a accolade by many of its academics and students. One student said: "I am so of Baghdad University. It means the to us to be held in such high ."