1991: Azerbaijan University (AU) was established in 1991 by professor, doctor of philosophy, correspondent member of ANAS Selahaddin Khalilov as one of the first private universities in Azerbaijan.
1993: Azerbaijan University was officially registered by the decision of Higher State Expert Committee on March 3, 1993, and by the Board of Ministry of Education on April 8, 1993 and was certified with the registration on State Register #1. AU
1994: AU became a memberof the Association of European Schools on Planning (AESOP).
1995: AU was officially registered as non-state Azerbaijan University including secondary professional school and English gymnasium with the decree #72 of Higher State Expert Committee under the Cabinet of Ministers on 04.06.1995.
1996: AU became a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
1997: AU became a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM).
1997: AU was allowed to offer graduate programs with the order #412 of the Ministry of Education dated to 17.06.2015.
1997: AU launched its scientific publication “Ipek yolu” (Silk way).
1998: AU was awarded American Grand Prize for Quality and Service.
2000: A legal Clinic was established at AU with support by the Legal Initiative in Central Europe and Eurasia (ABA CEELI) of American Lawyers Bar. The clinic was established to offer the students of AU Law School the chance to practice together with professional lawyers.
2000: AU became a member of the European Higher Education Society (EHES) and the European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR).
2003: AU was licensed by the Ministry of Education with the license #1003278 (registration #33). The license gives AU the right to offer both under-graduate and graduate programs, as well as secondary professional education.
2004: AU Career Center was established. The Center helps students and graduates planning their careers.
2006: AU started to implement the Bologna process. The teaching process and the assessment of students is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
2006: AU was chosen the “University of the Year” by the Eurasian Lawyers’ Association for its achievements in legal education.
2006: AU Student Youth Organization (AU TGT) was established. The organization helps organizing social activities of students.
2008: The Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic approved the under-graduate (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA) and graduate (Master of Business Administration - MBA) programs on Business Administration in cooperation with the Georgia State University of US on March 28th.
2008: AU launched the Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA and Master of Business Administration - MBA programs in cooperation with the Georgia State University of US.
2009: AU was re-accredited as a higher educational institution by the decision of Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Education with the order #213 on 24.02.2009.
2009: AU was chosen as a pilot university for the implementation of the credit-multi-point system.
2009: “Social work” program was launched at AU. The focus of social work is to protect and to improve the welfare of the socially sensitive part of the society and it participates in the development and implementation of special programs and policy for this purpose. AU is the first private university offering this program.
2010: AU moved to a new building with general area of 3 500 m2.
2010: AU signed an MOU with the Lund University of the Kingdom of Sweden. Lund University is the partner of AU in the framework of “Linnaeus-Palme” project which is a part of Social work program.
2010: AU signed an MOU with the Confederation of Entrepreneurs’ (Employers’) Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic. The main purpose of this agreement is to train competitive national specialists in economy, business and management according to the collaboration with world famous universities and taking into consideration the recommendations and suggestions of AEC in the improvement of the curriculums of the University.
2010: AU signed an MOU with the Chamber of Auditors. The parties agreed to work together on providing AU students with internship and practice sources, and organizing seminars and trainings for faculty members.
2011: AU became the first university in Azerbaijan to be a member to CEEMAN (International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies) CEEMAN focuses on preparing managing professionals, issuing International Business Accreditation for Business Schools, and organizing the meetings of the professional to discuss the problems of Business Schools.
2011: AU signed an MOU with the Bank Training Center. The parties agreed on organizing trainings and seminars, international cooperation, data exchange and so on.
2012: AU joined the TEMPUS project “Curriculum Development and Capacity Building in the Field of EU Studies” (CURDEUS). The project focuses on the development of current curricula for EU studies and preparing new curriculum meeting European studies.
2012: AU joined the TEMPUS project “ECDL National Operator and Test Centers in Azerbaijan”. It aims to set up ECDL National Operator and Testing Centers in partner universities and to build computer skills capacity needed for the integration of key competencies of lifelong learning into the development strategies of higher educational institutions in Azerbaijan.
2013: AU introduced its “In-house Scholarship and Reward Program on Education”. The program is applied to students considering their admission test points and GPA.
2013: “Parlaq zeka” intellectual TV game was introduced in the national channel with the support by AU and “Zeka” Intellectual Youth Center in Shemkir. The project is funded by “Synergy Group” The winners of the project can study in any world university and they are provided with tuition fee in the amount of 40 000 AZN, 30 000 AZN and 20 000 AZN.
2013: AU Student Youth Organization (AU SYO) was chosen as the best SYO in the “Best of the best-2013’ competition organized by the Baku Youth and Sport Office.
2013: “Monitoring and Evaluation” Department was established at AU for internal evaluation process.
2014: AU joined to “Movlana” program funded by Turkey Republic in 2013 for further international cooperation. Faculty members and students of AU can join the teaching process at 10 Turkish universities in the framework of this program.
2014: “AU Friend” Prize was established. The prize is awarded for each academic year to national and international AU partners, media institutions, public and politic figures, businessmen, NGOs, government bodies and others for their cooperation in the improvement of teaching at AU.
2014: AU introduced its new teaching corps with total area of 4800 m2.
2015: AU became the first university in Azerbaijan that established a “Social work” School.
2015: Farid Ahmadov, Ph.D. in Law was appointed as a new rector. Being the youngest rector in Azerbaijan he is the only Azerbaijani that defended his thesis for the degree of PhD in Law at Oxford University.
2015: ECDL National Operator and Testing Centers started training at AU. The successful trainees will be awarded with IT certificates.
2015: AU signed an MOU with Azerbaijan-Turkish Businessmen Union (ATIB). The main purpose of the agreement is to train competitive national specialists in economy, business and management.
2015: Azerbaijan University started a collaboration with the Erasmus+ programme, the project of EU. Under the program, a credit exchange is carried out with Turkish and German Universities.
2015: The memorandum of agreement was signed between Azerbaijan University and Istanbul Technical University (ITU). After building relations within the framework of exchange programs between universities and signing of a bilateral protocol over the Memorandum, it was agreed to develop the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Programs of the University and establish dual diploma programs in the future.
2016: The School of "Information and communication technologies" was established at Azerbaijan University. Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Informatics majors were combined in the new School.