Urmia University

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Urmia University
دانشگاه اروميه
Urmia University logo.png
Established 1965(Joseph Cochran)
Type Public
President Rahim Hobb-e-Naghi
Academic staff about 481
Admin. staff about 800
Students 15,000
Undergraduates 14,000
Postgraduates up to 1,000
Location Iran Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran
37°39′24.82″N 44°59′12.42″E / 37.6568944°N 44.9867833°E / 37.6568944; 44.9867833
Campus Urban & Suburban
Athletics ? teams
Colors white and Blue
Website www.urmia.ac.ir

Urmia University (Persian: دانشگاه ارومیه‎) (also known as University of Urmia) is a public university in the city of Urmia, West Azerbaijan province, Iran. The university has six campuses, seven faculties, more than 14,000 students, and exclusive research centers in Microelectronic, Antenna and Microwave Laboratory, NanoTechnology, MEMS, and Artimia. The university also has two satellite campuses in Khoy and Miyandoab city. Nazlu campus of Urmia University is the biggest university campus in northwest of Iran. Urmia University is considered one of Iran's "Grade A" universities by Iranian Ministry of Science.


Early accounts[edit]

Joseph Plumb Cochran in Urmia, 1911.

The institution which eventually became the university was founded by Joseph Cochran as a medical school in 1878. He is also often credited for founding Iran’s "first contemporary medical college".[1]

The website of Urmia University credits Cochran for "lowering the infant mortality rate in the region" [1] and for founding one of Iran's first modern hospitals (Westminister Hospital) in Urmia. The medical faculty Cochran established was joined by several other Americans, namely Drs. Wright, Homlz, van Nourdon, and Miller. They lived for whole of their life in Urmia.

The university website honored Cochran and his team's work saying

There they lie in peace away from their homeland, and the testimonial epitaphs on their tombs signify their endeavor and devotion to humanity.

The later developments (1965-)[edit]

The foundation for current Urmia University was established in 1965, when agricultural college of Rezaeiye is established. Mr. Shabani was appointed as the first consular of university. In 1969, Jafar Rassi was appointed as chancellor to continue expansion of the University. Mr. Rassi, the longest serving chancellor, established the animal science and general science departments initially. His leadership resulted in conversion of the 2 year collage into a 4 year Program. He also established partnership with European and American schools to establish exchange of scholars. He planed the expansion in Nazlu which now is the primary location for the University. With the new developments the complex was renamed University of Rezaeye. After revolution in 1979, the name of the university is changed to Urmia University.[2]

The Urmia University of Medical Sciences detached from the main school in 1985.[3]


The former administrative department of Urmia University.

Urmia University has 6 campuses, all of them are in West Azerbaijan Provence. The main campus is located in Nazlu on the 11 km road from Urmia to Serow. Here is the list of all campuses

  • Nazlu Campus (11th km of Serow road near to Nazlu village)
  • City Campus located in Urmia city.
  • Literature Campus located Urmia city.
  • School of Economics (1.5th km of Serow road)
  • School of Arts (inside Urmia city)
  • Khoy Campus


Some of the major building in Nazlu campus are

  • Central library
  • School of Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Medical Science
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Paramedical Science
  • Animal Science Department
  • Veterinary Science Building
  • Classroom Building
  • Enrollment office building
  • Azadegan Gymnasium
  • Chamran Auditorium
  • Mosque
  • Technology Park
  • Central Restaurant
  • North campus (boys residence)
  • South campus (girls residence)

Faculty of Engineering==[edit]

Faculty of Sciences

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Veterinary

The Central Library of Urmia University.
Talare-e-Shahid Chamran is the main Hall of the university.

Research centers[edit]

  • Artemia & Aquatic Animals Research Center [2][3](English)
  • MicroElectronics Research Center, established by Prof. Hadidi from UCLA, USA [4]
  • MicroMachine Research Center [5]
  • Biological Sciences Research Center [6]
  • Urmia University Research Center of Structure
  • Antenna and High Frequency Research Center, established by Prof. Ghobadi and Prof. Nourinia
  • Artimia Research Center
  • MEMS Lab.
  • Nanotechnology Center


Chancellor Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Joseph Cochran 1878-1899 United States New York Medical College Medicine
Shabani 1965-1969
Jafar Rassi 1969-1979 United States Cornell University Education
Javad Farhoudi 1980-1982 United Kingdom University of Southampton Hydraulic Structures Engineering
Javad Farhoudi 1986-1991 United Kingdom University of Southampton Hydraulic Structures Engineering
Rahim Hobb-e-Naghi 1997-2001 Iran University of Tehran Veterinary Science
Ghoudarz Sadeghi-Hashjin 2001-2005 Netherlands Utrecht University Pharmacology
Hassan Sedghi 2006-2014 Australia University of New South Wales Solid State Physics
Rahim Hobb-e-Naghi 2014–present Iran University of Tehran Veterinary Science

Notable Aluminy[edit]

Other public universities in Iranian Azerbaijan[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]