Islamic Azad University

Islamic Azad University
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی

Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi
Islamic Azad University logo (2).png
Seal of the Islamic Azad University
Mottoبدون شعار رسمی

شعار غیر رسمی شامل:اطلب العلم من المهد الى اللحد(Arabic)
ز گهواره تا گور دانش بجوی
آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن
یادگیری و زندگی

(Persian)
Motto in English
No official motto

Unofficial mottoes include:

Seek Knowledge from the Cradle to the Grave
Iranian Aspirations for Globalization
Learn and Live
TypeNon-governmental private university system[1]
Established1982
FounderAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Endowment140,955,000 USD[2]
Budget$3.0 billion (2016)
ChairmanAli Akbar Velayati
PresidentMohammad Mehdi Tehranchi[3]
Vice-presidentAlireza Rahai
Academic staff
70,000 (2015)[2]
Students1,702,231 (2015)[2]
Undergraduates1,544,434[2]
Postgraduates157,797[2]
LocationIran
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
Lebanon
Campus2 independent and 31 state university branches (335 campuses and research centers and 113 technical and vocational college in Iran, and 4 branches overseas) under direct administration
MediaFarhikhteghan Newspaper, Afarinesh Newspaper, Azad News Agency (ANA), Isca News Agency
ColoursDark and light blue[4]         
AthleticsAzad University of Tehran Basketball Club
Azad University of Tehran Cycling Club
NicknameIAU, Azad University
AffiliationsSCRC
MSRT
MOHME
FUIW
IAU
TWAS
Sportswww.iau.ac.ir
Islamic Azad University logo (with its seal)

The Islamic Azad University (IAU; Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی‎, Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi) is a non-governmental private university system in Iran. It is one of the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the world.

History

Headquartered in Tehran, Iran, the Islamic Azad University is the world's fifth-largest university. It was approved and ratified by Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution in 1982, having been founded in 1982 and established by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.[5] It has an enrollment of 1.7 million students.[6][7] Since its inception in 1982, it has grown both physically and academically to become one of the largest higher education institutions globally. Over the years, IAU has promoted 'higher education for all' as its key objective. IAU has two independent and 31 state university branches across Iran, and four branches in other countries: the U.A.E., the United Kingdom, Lebanon and Afghanistan.[8] Over the years, the university has accumulated assets estimated to be worth $20–25 billion.[2][7]

The 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.[7]

The certificates issued by this university are recognized by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Ministry of Health and Medical Education for medical education.[8] 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.[9]