Professor Rafid Alkhaddar

Prof Rafid Alkhaddar (MSc, PHD in Civil Engineering Hydraulics)

Dean of Academic Affairs


Professor Alkhaddar has extensive experience in Water and Environmental Engineering, with special expertise in Wastewater Treatment methods. He graduated from the University of Basra, Iraq as a Civil Engineer and completed his MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering Hydraulics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

He has maintained a very strong link with the UK Water and Environmental industry in order to stay involved with any new developments in the aforementioned fields. He also has excellent links with Professional bodies especially CIWEM (the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) where he was the President of the Institution in 2015-16. He is also a Fellow of the Institution and an Honorary Vice President of the Institution. He is also a member of the JBM (Joint Board of Moderators). This is the body that accredits all Civil Engineering Degrees in the UK and all around the world.

He was the Director of the School of Civil Engineering ad Built Environment at LJMU where he managed around 70 staff and over 2500 students, who are on various courses such as HNC, BSc, BEng, MEng, MSc and PhD. The School runs fully accredited degrees by various professional bodies in the UK, such as the JBM, RICS, CIOB, CIBSE …etc and he led a number of these accreditations. He left this post in February 2021 and became an Emeritus Professor at the University.

In March 2021 he took the post of Dean of Academic Affairs at Oryx Universal College in Doha, Qatar.

He has a number of International links which culminated in his appointment as a Visiting Professor to a number of International Universities in Turkey, Egypt and Iraq and an Honorary Professor at Amity University in India. He was also part of International delegations to validate Civil and Environmental Engineering Programmes in the UK and internationally, such as Universities in Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Dubai and others.

He has developed a number of collaborative programmes with International Universities. One was a 2+2 programme with the University of Babylon and another one was with the International College for Business and Technology (ICBT) in Sri Lanka where a top-up degree programme and an MSc in civil engineering were developed and has been running for over 10 years. More recently he was involved in the setting up of the franchised Civil Engineering degree programme with Oryx Universal College.

He has published over 180 publications in refereed journals and international conferences.

He has managed to attract over £1.5 Million in research and consultancy funding since the year 2000.”