Islamic Azad University
|Islamic Azad University|
|دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی|
Islamic Azad University logo
|Motto||Persian: آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن|
|Motto in English||Iranian aspirations for globalization|
|Academic staff||~ 46,000|
United Arab Emirates
|Colours||Dark and light Blue|
|Athletics||Azad University Tehran Basketball Club
Azad University cycling team
Headquartered in Tehran, Iran, the Islamic Azad University was founded in 1982 and currently has an enrollment of 1.5 million students, making it the world's third largest. Azad University has over 400 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.
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 Branches:
|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 Tehran North 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|
2012: International rank: 231, National rank: 1
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- Encyclopaedia Britannica World Almanac, ed. 2004, page 666
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- Khamenei Enters Battle Over Islamic Azad University and Paves Way for Ahmadinejad Takeover | The Middle East Channel
- نخستین رتبهبندی رسمی دانشگاهها و مراکز تحقیقاتی کشور اعلام شد
- وب سایت رتبه بندی دانشگاه های جهان اسلام
- (Persian) Main website
- Azad University IR in Oxford
- (Persian) Islamic Azad University, fars science and research branch
- Education System in Islamic Azad University
- Annual Review - Statistics by the Central Bank of Iran, including Azad University.