University of Isfahan
|University of Isfahan|
|Endowment||US$ 35.14 million
(September 20, 2014)
|President||Dr. Houshang Talebi|
|Location||Isfahan (city), Isfahan Province, Iran|
University of Isfahan (UI) (Persian: دانشگاه اصفهان Dāneshgāh-e Esfāhān) is a state-operated university in Isfahan and among the top 10 comprehensive universities of Iran. The university is located in Azadi square of Isfahan. It has another campus in Khansar.
University of Isfahan offers undergraduate degrees in 70 fields and graduate degrees in 55 areas. Students can study a wide variety of courses at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels full-time and part-time. The University has twelve faculties and forty-five departments,. University of Isfahan includes more than five hundred full-time academic members. The student body consists of 12000 undergraduate students and 4500 graduate students from thirty 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 Sciences and Higher Education. University of Isfahan has several research centers.
Built it 1946, University of Isfahan has been one of the major universities in the fields of sciences, humanities, and engineering. The decision to establish the university was an idea developed by a number of doctors at Amin Hospital in 1939. Eventually, the board of directors of the hospital approved a plan to establish Isfahan Higher Medical Institute in 1946. In September of the same year, an ad signed by lecturer Dr. Jelveh, then caretaker of Isfahan Province Health and Medical Treatment Department, was published in local newspapers calling on prospective students to enroll in the new institute. The first classes were held at Sadi High School (now Soureh Institute). Many more students enrolled in subsequent years; therefore, the institute had to find a larger campus to accommodate the growing number of new students. On October 29, 1950, the first series of classes were held at the University of Isfahan. Other colleges such as the Medical University, the newly established College of Medicine and Literature College on Shahzadeh Ebrahim street also joined the University of Isfahan and were relocated in the main campus in subsequent years. The university later offered programs in human sciences, engineering and medical sciences. Related programs of medical sciences were then separated from the University of Isfahan and became an independent university in 1985, named medical university of Isfahan.
As of 2013 the university has twelve faculties which are:
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Humanities and Literature
- Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
- Faculty of Educational science and Psychology
- Faculty of Foreign Languages
- Faculty of Physical Education
- Faculty of Virtual Education
- Faculty of Transportation
- Faculty of Geographic Sciences and Planning
- Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies
- Faculty of Cognitive Sciences
- Nusrat Bhutto, former First Lady of Pakistan.
- Mohammad Khatami, former President of Iran.
- Ata'ollah Mohajerani, former minister of culture of Iran.
- Houshang Golshiri, Fiction writer, critic and editor