The University of Tehran was inaugurated in the winter of 1934. Ali Asghar Hekmat, the Minister of Science, became the first Dean of the University. The University Council was constituted of several prominent faculty members including Loghman-o-doleh and Dr. Amir A’lam from Medicine; Dehkhoda and Sedig Hazrat (Mohammad Mazaher) from Law; Sedigh A’lam and Mirza Gholam-Hossein Khan Rahnama and Dr. Siasi from Literature and Humanities; Haj. Seyed Nasrollah Naghavi and Badi-o-zaman from Ma’ghool –o- Manghool; and Dr Hesabi and Amin from the Faculty of Engineering. Also, Dr. Vali-o-llah Khan Nasr was added by the Science Ministry due to his contributions to the University.
Present Status

The academic staff of the University consists of 1,650 full-time faculty members and several hundred part-time and adjunct professors and affiliated members. The University of Tehran has a broad range of international adjunct faculty members. The University also employs 3,000 personnel who work at the different offices, institutes and centers.

The University has 19,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students. The University has 6 colleges with a total of 39 faculties and 120 departments at its 7 campuses located in the cities of Tehran, Qom and Karaj as well as its Kish International Campus (in Kish Island). The University of Tehran, as the main research University of the Country, offers more than 300 post graduate programs.

Fifteen percent of the country’s Centers of Excellence, as recognized by the government, are located at the University of Tehran, which along with more than 40 research centers ensure UT’s commitment to research. Together, over 3,500 laboratories are active in these centers and in the faculties. In addition, the University of Tehran publishes more than 50 scientific journals, some of which have the ISI index.


Overview of the University
University of Mohaghegh Ardabili (UMA), which is named after the honor of Ardabil’s great scholar Allameh Mohaghegh Ardabili, is a public university for training and research in the variety of areas of Basic Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, New Technologies, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
It is the most prominent academic institution in the region and according to some national and international formal reports; it is one of the fastest-growing universities in Iran.
The main campus of the university is located on the east side of the beautiful Shorabil Lake in Ardabil. Three other campuses are in Namin, Moghan, and Meshgin Shahr.
The university is now organized into 8 Faculties that offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The students come from different parts of the country.
Within a climate that is inclusive, open, and diverse, UMA is, and will continue to be, the University of Choice for students seeking high quality. UMA will keep on its attempts to build a foundation for civic responsibilities, individual skills, and professional success.
Currently, UMA has five faculties in the main campus and one faculty in each of Namin, Meshgin Shahr, and Moghan Campus with about 12920 students, 354 faculty members and 317 staff. It now offers more than 263 majors, 59 PhD programs, 125 Master programs, 71 Bachelor programs, and 8 Associate programs.
UMA has managed to occupy a niche among 31 universities nationwide with both “very high” research activity and ‘notable community engagement” as reported by national authorities.


Shahrood University of Technology (SUT) was established in 1973 as the first university in Semnan province and currently is the only technological university in the province. SUT currently has 11,000 students and 302 faculty members who are studying and doing scientific research activities in 187 different programs including 43 under graduate, 107 Master and 37 PhD majors.

Shahrood University of Technology is composed of 16 faculties, one E-learning center and four campuses (Pardis) including: 1) Central, 2) Engineering and New Technology, 3) Agricultural Engineering, and 4) Educational Mine.Recently, Shahrood University of Technology was ranked the sixth among 17 technical universities by Islamic World Science Citation Center. Currently, Dr. MohammadMehdi Fateh is the president of Shahrood University of Technology, who is an academic member in the Department of Robotic and Power Engineering.

University Strategies

Education: Education based on research, improving education quality, quantitative expansion based on needs of the country, product and demand oriented.

Research: Solving challenges in the country, moving toward knowledge horizons, demand oriented, new technologies, entrepreneurship and improving university’s scientific rank.

Management: Planning, having specialized committees, responsibility, managing coordination, integrated control, public relation and automation improvement.

Cultural and student affairs: Improving religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, ethics, national unity, being critic and accepting criticism.



The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad strives to be one of the top universities in Iran in terms of scientific developments, developments in the theoretical and technological areas as well as maintaining its Iranian and Islamic identity. It ranks in the top ten universities in the Islamic world, and ranks in the 500 top universities worldwide.

The mission of the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad as the best university in the East of Iran is to educate the citizens and their leaders for the society according to the divine principles of Islam and by relying on the existing highly qualified scientific centers of excellence in a wide range of fields, plus the human and social capital and professional ethics that exist here at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. The university tries to train creative, committed, and professional citizens and knowledgeable and capable researchers. The mission is accomplished when the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad can meet the needs of the society and maintain its cultural excellence by utilization of advanced technologies, compliance with international standards, and collaboration with scientific and cultural centers. The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad tries to advance the frontiers of knowledge both nationally and internationally.


A group of physicians from Isfahan succeeded in establishing a high school of medicine with their efforts and perseverance. They agreed to build a high school of higher education that was founded today at Isfahan University.
By agreeing to establish a high school in 1325 and increasing the number of applicants participating in this school, the land of a thousand jerib to the nearby Mount Sufa was provided for the great majesty of the University of Isfahan.
After the establishment and transfer of the high school of medicine to the 1000-jerib area, the medical faculty was established along with the same school on November 7, 1329. In 1335, another step towards the excellence of the University of Isfahan was taken, which was the founding of a college of pharmacy along with medicine. After the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy, in the year 1337, the Faculty of Literature with the establishment of two disciplines of Persian and English language and literature in the palace of Prince Ibrahim, expanded fields of French language and literature (1338), Armenian language and literature (1339), Arabic language and literature (1331), History and Geography (1345), Social Sciences Department (1348), and transferring this faculty from Shahzad Abraham’s palace to the collections of 1,000 jeribs in Isfahan University in 1348.
August 1343 reminded us of the memory of the founding of the faculties of science and education and psychology in the endeavor of the continuous efforts of professors like Dr. Farooqi. At the end of 1347, with the formation of the University of Isfahan, the high school of Cyrus the Great was joined to this university, and the same year, the School of Administrative Sciences and Economics was founded at the University. In 1365, after three decades, the faculties of medical sciences separated from the University of Isfahan and selected a separate path.


The University of Tabriz, the second oldest university of country started its activities in 1947 with two faculties of Literature and Medicine. It is now one of the 10 top universities in Iran.

Currently, the University of Tabriz enjoying 21 faculties, 10 Research Centers, several Centers of Excellence, Technology Units, International Campuses and its branches, is one of the greatest educational and research centers in Iran.


Tarbiat Modares University, which was founded after the [glorious] Islamic Revolution in Iran, as a leading University in respect of education, research, production and promotion of advantageous knowledge, extending the boundaries of knowledge and technology, and it is determined, as a scientific, Islamic identity and revolutionary leader, to achieve the following goals on the basis of the objectives set out in the University’s Statutes and its strategic plan:

To train pious and committed-to-the-Islamic-Revolution faculty members and researches for the scientific fields required by Iranian universities and higher educational and research centers, and for the purpose of promotion of scientific and educational and research quality and also helping with development of higher education and effect fundamental changes therein.
To participate in development and support of science production and movement and software movement and increase in our share in scientific products and development of humanities, upon emphasis on Islamic fundamentals and national needs and modern technologies and bring the scientific and research achievements into practical use through dynamic and constructive interaction with scientific regional and international centers.
To undertake efforts for the achievement of Islamic culture by strengthening and deepening religion insight and expanding ethical virtues and enhancement of social participations and dissemination of self devotion and hope for the future on the basis of Quranic doctrine, Ahl-ul-bayt’s teachings and values and goals of the Islamic Revolution.
To create a dynamic and creative learning environment and educate instructors, researchers and entrepreneurs who are committed and loyal to the Islamic Revolution.
To achieve, maintain and develop the research standing and increase in our share in academic and scientific productions at national, regional and international level.
To boost and expand fields of humanities and establish liaison with cultural, social and policymaking centers; initiate software movement, develop modern technologies (including microtechnology, biotechnology, information and communication, environmental, aerospace and nuclear technologies), and bring into practical use and commercialize the scientific and research achievements
To enjoy manpower who are talented, mature and creative, pious, faithful to guardianship of the Islamic Jurist and the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran
To develop and promote the quality of provision of services to students
To sustainably improve the executive and scientific management of the university
To provide up-to-date hardware and software facilities and equipment
To promote collaboration with scientific & cultural centers at national, regional and international levels
To provide sustainable financial resources
To foster Islamic culture and sciences, strengthen religious virtues and faith and disseminate self-devotion morale and hope for the future on the basis of Quranic doctrine, Ahl-ul-bayt’s instructions and the Islamic Revolution’s values.