Iran has a large network of private, public, and
state affiliated universities offering degrees in higher education. State-run
universities of Iran are under the direct supervision of Iran's Ministry of
Science, Research and Technology (for non-medical universities) and Ministry of
Health and Medical Education (for medical schools).
University of Tehran, Iran University of Science and Technology, Sharif
University of Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran
Polytechnic), Shahid Beheshti University , K.N.Toosi University of Technology,
Tarbiat Modares University, Allameh Tabatabaee University, Shiraz University,
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Isfahan University of Technology, University of
Isfahan, Tarbiat Moallem University, Sahand University of Technology and Tabriz
University are generally cited as the most prestigious schools of Iran
frequently. Among these universities, Tarbiat Modares University is the sole
only-graduate-level university: it does not offer any undergraduate degree.
The most prestigious schools of Iran :
Allameh Tabatabai University
Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) (Persian: دانشگاه علامه طباطبائی), is a
state-run university in Tehran, Iran. It was founded after the Islamic
Revolution of Iran, in 1983, through the articulation of 24 independent colleges
and faculties that were established before the Islamic Revolution. The
university is named in honor of Allameh Tabatabai. The university is mainly
active in the humanities and economic sciences. It currently constitutes 7
Amirkabir University of Technology
Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT, دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر), formerly named
Tehran Polytechnic is a public, coeducational research university located in
Tehran, Iran. AUT is the first established technical university in Iran and
referred to as "The Mother of Engineering Universities". AUT has also the first
rank for industry related activities in Iran.
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM) is the largest research university in
eastern Iran named after the great epic poet and historian of Iranian national
history Ferdowsi, whose Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) is a chef-d'oeuvre in
Persian literature. FUM campus is located in Mashhad, the capital city of the
Razavi Khorasan province. The university was established in 1949, making it the
third oldest major university in Iran. It is among the five top universities in
the country according to statistics published by the Iranian Ministry of
Sciences, Research and Technology. FUM offers 180 bachelors, masters, and Ph.D.
programs to 19,000 male and female students studying under about 700 faculty
members with the aid of 2000 staff employees. The university is regarded as a
prominent institution in attracting international students from Central Asian
republics, Afghanistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Africa. The university is
ranked 3rd in Iran amongst other universities in recruiting foreign students.
Prior to the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, Ferdowsi University had taken
for its ally Georgetown University of Washington, D.C., USA.
Iran University of Science and Technology
The Iran University of Science and Technology (دانشگاه علم و صنعت ایران) is a
research institution and university of engineering and science in Iran, offering
both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Located in Narmak,Hengam st.,
Northeast of Tehran, IUST and its surrounding communities provide a cultural and
recreational environment suited to the work of a major research institution. The
university consistently ranks among Iran's top 4 universities.
Isfahan University of Technology
Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) (دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهان) is one of the most
prestigious engineering schools in Iran. It is located 15 Kilometers north west
of Isfahan and is one of the major universities and research poles in Iran in
the fields of science, engineering and agriculture. It covers about 23 square
kilometers and has its dorms, shopping center, sports & recreation centers and
medical centers on the campus.
Isfahan university of technology is not to be confused with University of
Isfahan which is located in south side Isfahan.
K. N. Toosi University of Technology
Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology (KNTU), is a public university in
Tehran, Iran, named after medieval Persian scholar Khajeh Nasir Toosi.
The university offers Bachelor's (B.S.) degrees in more than 20 and Master's
(M.S.) degrees in 50 academic fields.The university also has 28 PhD programs. It
also hosts more than 5 joint educational programs both at B.S. and M.S. levels.
The courses offered have industrial orientation on a broad base. The university
has 250 full-time faculty members. The total number of students is about 7,000.
Sahand University of Technology
Sahand University of Technology (SUT)(دانشگاه صنعتي سهند- تبریز) is one of the
best and prestigious engineering schools in Iran. Located in the northwest of
Iran, 20 km southwest of Tabriz in Sahand satellite city, offering both
undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The university offers 2 Associate
degrees, 13 bachelors degrees, 42 masters degrees, and 23 Ph.D degrees in 8
colleges. It is named after the nearby mountain of Sahand.
Shahid Beheshti University
Shahid Beheshti University was formerly The National University of Iran (NUI).
The university's name was changed during the cultural revolution in Iranian
universities, 1980-82. It is located in Evin District and extends into Velenjak
District in northwestern Tehran, Iran, on a main campus of approximately one
million square meters. The university was founded in 1959. Due to an academic
reform in 1986 the medical schools were separated from the main universities and
became Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences working within the purview
of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education. In 2007, the SBU signed
an agreement with the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences which would
reunite the two universities under the one name Shahid Beheshti University.
Sharif University of Technology
Sharif University of Technology (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی شریف Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye
Sharif) is a university of higher education in technology, engineering and
physical sciences in Iran. Sharif University of Technology is one of the most
prestigious Iranian universities, and is considered Iran's MIT. The university
is located in the Tarasht neighborhood of Tehran within walking distance of
Azadi Square, and has an international campus in Kish, a resort island in the
Persian Gulf. The university is named after Majid Sharif Vaghefi, a former
student who was killed in 1975. It was formerly named the Aryamehr University of
Technology (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی آریامهر Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Āryāmehr) and
for a short period after the 1979 revolution, the university was called Tehran
University of Technology.
Shiraz University (Persian: دانشگاه شیراز Dāneshgāh-e Shirāz), formerly known as
Pahlavi University, is a public university located in Shiraz, Iran. It is one of
the major universities of Iran (Persia).
Presently the University has over 13,000 students, with 53 programs Bachelor's
degree programs (B.A., B.S.), 61 Master's degrees programs (M.A., M.S.), one
professional degree program (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), and 25 Ph.D.
Tarbiat Moalem University
Tarbiat Moalem University (Persian: دانشگاه تربيت معلم), also known as Kharazmi
University (Persian: دانشگاه خوارزمي), is a major Iranian university in Tehran,
Iran, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in different fields.
Being established in 1919 as "The Central Teachers Institute", it was changed to
the "Higher Institute for Tarbiat Moalem" in 1928, gained Collegiate status in
1963, gained university status in 1967 and then was renamed to "Kharazmi
(Persian: خوارزمي)" in 2000.
Today the university is one of the largest universities in Iran with faculties
of Engineering, Mathematical & Computer Sciences , Letters and Humanities,
Psychology & Education, Physical Education & Sport Sciences and Chemistry. It
has a second campus located in Hesarak near Karaj, inaugurated in 1986.
There are also similar "Tarbiat Moalem" teacher training institutes scattered
throughout the country as well, which are independently managed and are not
related to the university.
Tarbiat Modares University
Tarbiat Modares University (دانشگاه تربیت مدرس) is located in Tehran, Iran, and
was founded in 1982. Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) is the only exclusively
graduate university in Iran, and is a highly reputed university, which was
actually funded to train university professors.
University of Isfahan
University of Isfahan (UI) (Persian: دانشگاه اصفهان Dāneshgāh-e Esfāhān) is a
state-operated university in Iran. It is one of the most prominent science and
engineering schools in Iran and is the largest university in Isfahan Province in
Iran. The university is located in the southern section of the city of Isfahan.
University of Isfahan is located in Azadi square of Isfahan, in the middle of
the city has another campus in Khansar.
University of Isfahan offers undergraduate degrees in 70 fields and graduate
degrees in 55 areas. Students come from all over the world to study a wide
variety of courses at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels in full time and part
time. The University has seven faculties and thirty-four departments, and is
still expanding. The university includes more than five hundred full time
academic members. The student body consists of 12000 undergraduate students and
4500 graduate students from all the 30 provinces. Undergraduate admission to
University of Isfahan is limited to the top 10% of students who pass the
national entrance examination administered yearly by the Ministry of Culture and
University of Tabriz
The University of Tabriz (Persian: دانشگاه تبريز ; sometimes referred to as
Tabriz University) is a public university in Tabriz, Iran. It is the
second-oldest university in Iran after the University of Tehran and the biggest
academic institution in northwestern Iran and one of five biggest universities
in Iran. Furthermore, the University of Tabriz is definitely well-known because
of its all-round students who have got high ranks in the Iranian Entrance Exam
to Universities to enter this university.
University of Tehran
The University of Tehran (Persian: دانشگاه تهران), also known as Tehran
University and UT, is Iran's oldest university. Located in Tehran, the
university is among the most prestigious in the country, and is consistently
selected as the first choice of many applicants in the annual nationwide
entrance exam for top Iranian universities. Based on its historical,
socio-cultural and political pedigree, as well as its research and teaching
profile, UT has been nicknamed "The mother university of Iran" (Persian: دانشگاه
مادر). The school admits students from across the globe, and is known for
offering wide-ranging fields of research. UT houses 111 bachelor degree
programs, 177 masters' degree programs, and 156 Ph.D. degree programs.