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He was born in 1951 in the village of Shikhli II in Gazakh region.
In 1969, he graduated from the II Shikhli village secondary school and was admitted to the specialty of Electronic Computing Machines, Complexes, Systems and Networks of the Automation and Computer Engineering Faculty at Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute named after Ch. Yildirim (now Azerbaijan Technical University). In 1972 he was sent to the Moscow Power Engineering Institute to pursue his education in accordance with the policy of personal training outside Azerbaijan. After completing his education at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1976 on the same specialty, he returned to our Republic and started his labor activity as an engineering regulator at the Baku Radio Factory according to the appointment. At the same period he conducted lectures at Azerbaijan Technical University in addition.
In 1984 he was elected a teaching assistant to the Department of Computational Techniques at Azerbaijan Technical University and in 1990 a senior lecturer at the same department through open competition. In 1995, A.Sh.Suleymanov defended his Ph. D. thesis on the topic “The computation of universal algorithm of multiple push-open systems of discrete data” on the specialty 05.13.14 - Information processing and management at the Specialized Academic Council of Institute of Cybernetics at Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS). He was awarded the title of associate professor in 1999.After being employed as a Scientific Secretary of the Academic Council, Deputy Head of the Department and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the university, in 2001, he was appointed as the Head of the Department of Information Technology and Programming.
He supervised the scientific works of the students, dissertations of masters and post-graduate students, and actively participated in carrying out scientific research at the department and worked as the head of Scientific-Research Laboratory. He is the author of 164 scientific-methodical works, including 13 textbooks and 1 monograph. Some of his scientific articles have been published abroad.
Prof. Akif Suleymanov has represented Azerbaijan at the several international conferences. He is a member of Dissertation Council on the specialty of 05.13.01-system analysis,management and information processing. He was determined 7 times an opponent to doctoral dissertations.
During his occupation at the university, A.Sh.Suleymanov proved himself as a professional specialist and lecturer in the field of informatics, gained a good reputation among the colleagues, and took an active participation in the social life of the university. He was a member of the faculty of Automation and Computer Engineering and University Scientific Councils.
In 2011, he defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic "Intellectualization models and methods of processing of text documents on information networks" and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences on the specialty 05.13.01 - systematic analysis, management and information science by the High Attestation Commission under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and in 2017 he received a professor`s degree in the Administrative Management Department.
In 2012, he was awarded with certificates via participating in the trainings on IT management in Seoul,Moscow State Technical University named after Bauman and Eastern Mediterranean University of the Republic of Cyprus within the framework of the"Electronic university" project jointly implemented by Azerbaijan Technical University and South Korea.
Since March 13, 2013 he has been appointed the rector of Azerbaijan Technological University by the decree of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev.
A.Sh.Suleymanov was awarded the honorary title "Honored teacher" for his contribution to the development of education in Azerbaijan by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated 14 December 2009.
In May 2017, he was granted "Name in Science" award of the International Socratic Committee by the Chief Residency of the London Institute of Directors.
He has become a member of the New Azerbaijan Party since 2000.