Nawroz University was initially named "Duhok University College" when it was founded in 2004 by the Syndicate of Economists in Duhok Governorate, with the approval of the Prime Minister of the Iraqi  Kurdistan Region on  July 20, 2004. On that date the university started accepting students, and teaching began on December 1, 2004, based on resolution 3/2 of the Consultation Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region, dated December 1, 2004.

After its opening in 2004, Duhok University College kept expanding unil in 2009 it was renamed Nawroz University, in accordance with decision 2854 of the Council of Ministers of theIraqi Kurdistan Region,dated September 15, 2009. This decision was announced to the institutions of the Region in accordance with decision 517 of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, dated October 5, 2009. 

The university includes now five faculties which are Law and Politics Faculty, Economicsand Administration faculty, Computer Science and I.T. faculty, Languages faculty, And Engineering faculty.