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.


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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 faculties.

  • 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

    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. programs.

  • 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 Higher Education.

  • 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.

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