University of Gilan

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University of Guilan
دانشگاه گيلان
Gilan University logo.png
Established 1974
Type Public
President Dr. Ahmad Razi
Academic staff
Students 17000
Location Rasht, Guilan, Iran
Campus Urban

The University of Guilan is a major institute of higher education located in Rasht, a large city bordering the Caspian Sea, in the province of Guilan, in northern Iran.

The University is said to be the largest educational institution of the northern Iran among the provinces of Mazandaran, Golestan and Qazvin. Also from the structural viewpoint, it is one of the largest universities in the northern parts of Iran and currently has more than 17,000 students enrolled.


The university was established in 1974 as a collaborative effort between Iran and West Germany.

At first, the university was just commenced with 170 students and 10 members of faculty by offering courses such as German Literature and Civil Engineering

The university offers degrees in 55 fields for bachelors, 35 fields for masters, and 7 fields for PhD studies. It is the largest university in the province.

The institute has an active department in Caspian studies.

Caspain Journal of Environmental Sciences is published semi-annually as official publication of AUCRS (Association of Universities of Caspian Region States), which is published by University of Guilan, Iran. There are also several other journals published in either English or Persian language by the University of Guilan.

There is a wide range of courses offered in the faculties of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Agriculture, Humanities, Physical Education, Natural Resources, and the College of Art and Architecture.

More than 112 courses are on offer in 35 departments leading to B.Sc., B.Eng., M.Sc., B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. These courses aim to combine a traditional academic approach with new knowledge, methodology and technology, wherever appropriate.

The University’s fundamental mission is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and its understanding. The University of Guilan aims to improve the range and quality of the education it offers, as well as the research activities, and to enhance the environment in which students and staff work. It is committed to reinforcing its reputation as a center of excellence.

Today, with more than 540 academic staff, 8 faculties and three research centers, Guilan University is the largest academic institution in northern Iran.[1]

There are nearly 17000 students in 112 fields of study at the University of Guilan, including undergraduate, postgraduate and research scholars. Spread over four campuses with a total area of more than 2.5 km2, the University has a lively, creative and intimate atmosphere. The University of Guilan originally founded in 1975 and started its academic activities two years later with 120 students in seven departments of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry and German Literature.

Only 30 km away from the Caspian Sea, the University of Guilan is particularly fortunate in its position in the capital city of Guilan Province.


At present, Guilan University is spread over four campuses housing ten faculties and research centers:

  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural Resources
  • Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Faculty of Agricultural
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Physical education
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering (The east campus)

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