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    دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی


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    (Wikipedia) - Islamic Azad University IslamicAzad University Motto Motto in English Established Type Endowment ChancellorAcademic staff Students Campus Colours Athletics Sports Nickname Affiliations Website

    دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی

    Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi
    Seal of Islamic Azad University
    آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن (Persian)
    Iranian Aspirations for Globalization
    1982
    Private University System
    140,955,000 USD
    Hamid Mirzadeh
    56,000 (as of 2014)
    1,636,000 (as of 2014)
    100+ campuses under direct administration
    Dark and light Blue         
    Azad University of Tehran Basketball Club Azad University of Tehran Cycling Club
    Azad University Giant Team
    IAU
    Islamic Azad University System SCRC FUIW IAU TWAS
    www.iau.ac.ir

    The Islamic Azad University (IAU) (Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی‎, Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi), commonly referred to as Azad University is the world''s fourth largest private university system. The university is based in Iran.

    Main Entrance of Niayesh Complex of Central Tehran Branch, The first and the largest branchThe largest academic library in Iran. Located in Islamic Azad University of Najafabad campus

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    History

    Headquartered in Tehran, Iran, the Islamic Azad University was founded in 1982 and established by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, currently has an enrollment of 1.5 million students, making it the world''s third largest. Azad University has over 100 branches across the country and also in other countries. It has branches and universities in U.A.E, United Kingdom, Tanzania, Lebanon and Armenia and has plans to establish more branch campuses in Malaysia, Canada, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the near future. Over the years, the university has accumulated assets estimated to be worth between $20–25 billion. Islamic Azad University''s activities quickly expanded throughout the country, so that today thousands of students are enrolling every year. Not relying on government funding, it receives charitable donations and charges tuition fees.

    The certificates issued by this university are recognized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Azad University admits students through the National Wide Entrance Examination held by the National (Iranian) Organization of Educational Testing.

    Endowment controversy

    Iran''s Supreme Leader has declared the financial endowment of Islamic Azad University to be "religiously illegitimate and unlawful", prompting a change within the administration of the institution.

    Campuses

    At present, the IAU system officially describes itself as a "100+ campus". These campuses are under the direct control of the Regents and President. Only ten best and famous campuses are listed below. Some campuses are well-known, especially Central Tehran and Science and Research, Tehran.

    Campus Founded Enrollment Type
    Science and Research, Tehran 1984 ~ 50,000 Comprehensive
    Central Tehran 1982 ~ 40,000 Comprehensive
    South Tehran 1985 ~ 35,000 Comprehensive
    North Tehran 1985 ~ 20,000 Comprehensive
    Medical Tehran 1985 ~ 5,000 Medical Sciences
    Karaj 1984 ~ 35,000 Comprehensive
    Qazvin 1992 ~ 28,000 Comprehensive
    Najafabad 1985 ~ 25,000 Comprehensive
    Mashhad 1985 ~ 30,000 Comprehensive
    Isfahan 1987 ~ 15,000 Comprehensive
    Rankings

    ISC Rankings

    In early 2011, Islamic World Science Citation Database declared the very first official ranking of Higher education and research institutes of Iran, including a ranking of Islamic Azad University Campuses:

    Top 10 Campuses of Islamic Azad University in 2010 Rank Campus Score
    1 Islamic Azad University of Tabriz 4.27
    2 Islamic Azad University of Mashhad 3.51
    3 Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch 3.06
    4 Islamic Azad University of Karaj 2.61
    5 Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch 1.88
    6 Islamic Azad University of Najafabad 1.37
    7 Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Isfahan 1.35
    8 Islamic Azad University of Ghouchan 1.26
    9 Islamic Azad University of Shabestar 1.19
    10 Islamic Azad University of Ardabil 0.95
    Top 10 Compuses of Islamic Azad University in 2011 Rank Campus Score
    1 Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran 100
    2 Islamic Azad University of Mashhad 23.75
    3 Islamic Azad University of Karaj 18.53
    4 Islamic Azad University South Tehran Branch 18.21
    5 Islamic Azad University Khorasgan Branch Isfahan 13.5
    6 Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch NA
    7 Islamic Azad University of Najafabad NA
    8 Islamic Azad University of Qazvin NA
    9 Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch NA
    10 Islamic Azad University of Yazd NA

    SCImago rankings

    2013: International rank: 87, National rank: 1, Regional Rank: 1

    2012: International rank: 231, National rank: 1, Regional Rank: 2

    URAP – University Ranking by Academic Performance

    2013: World rank: 161, Country rank: 1, Regional Rank: 25

    2012: World rank: 226, Country rank: 2, Regional Rank: 34

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    Website:http://www.iau.ac.ir/



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