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Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)
IUST logo color.png
MottoNothing is Impossible
EndowmentUS$ 68.557 million (2019)[1]
PresidentJabbar Ali Zakeri
Academic staff
Students11,957 (2015)[3]
Location, ,
35°44′32.77″N 51°30′7.99″E / 35.7424361°N 51.5022194°E / 35.7424361; 51.5022194Coordinates: 35°44′32.77″N 51°30′7.99″E / 35.7424361°N 51.5022194°E / 35.7424361; 51.5022194
CampusUrban, 104 acres (42 ha)
Entrance gate

The Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) (Persian: دانشگاه علم و صنعت ایران‎) is a research institution and university of engineering and science in Iran. The university is home to 15 faculties offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of engineering-based subjects as well as maths and physics. In 1995 IUST awarded Iran’s first PhDs in materials, metallurgical and traffic engineering. IUST is the only university in the Middle East which has a school of railway engineering and a school of progress engineering. It is also the only university in Iran which has a school of automotive engineering. There are also 12 research centres, nine centres of excellence and 19 specialised libraries as well as four satellite campuses in other parts of the country.[4] IUST is located on Hengam Street in the Narmak neighborhood in northeast Tehran. IUST and its surrounding communities provide a cultural and recreational environment suited to the work of a major research institution.

According to the results of 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Iran University of Science and Technology stands as the "First University of the Country", 57th among Asian Universities and 457th among World Universities.[5] QS World University Rankings 2016–2017 has announced Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) as the Second University of Iran and 491–500 among World Universities.[6] The 20,000[7] capacity IUST Stadium, which is used mostly for association football, is their main sports venue.

Jabbar Ali Zakeri is the dean.


Iran University of Science and Technology was founded in 1929 as the first Iranian Institution to train engineers, named the Governmental Technical Institute. Soon it was named "Honarsaraye Ali"—Advanced Art College in English.

In 1932, the first iranian graduated in Machine Engineering and in 1935 the first iranian graduated in Chemical Engineering.

In 1958, the Institute started to enroll students for Masters programs under the name of Tehran Institute of Technology (TIT).

In 1963, the Institute transferred to its current location in Narmak in northeast Tehran.

In 1972, the title of the college upgraded to the Iran Faculty of Science and Technology due to the growth of the institute by the Ministry of Sciences. The faculty offered four-year bachelor's degrees in most areas of engineering and it is the first and for many years the only engineering university that consist of School of Architecture in the country.

In 1978, it was granted University Status by the Ministry of Sciences. Since then the institute was named Iran University of Science and Technology.

In 1990 it admitted students to Ph.D. programs in Civil Engineering and Materials Engineering fields. In 1995, IUST awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in Iran in the fields of Materials Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Traffic Engineering.

In 2009, Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology announced IUST as one the country's "8 Mother Universities".

The main campus has 15 faculties and three other departments with 380 members of the academic board. On the main campus, 9,000 students are studying in 90 fields of engineering and sciences, out of which 2,000 are M.Sc. and 546 are Ph.D students. Over 50,000 students have graduated since 1932.


The main campus is located in the northeast of Tehran, expanded in 104 acres (42 ha). The campus includes faculty buildings, research centers, the main library, residential halls, the mosque, administrative buildings, sport playgrounds and covered spaces for sports such as football stadium, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts.

IUST has four other campuses in the cities of Arak, Behshahr, Damavand, and Noor; the latter two are in progress.


School of Computer Engineering
Schools of Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering
School of Civil Engineering
School of Automotive Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering
Outside view of the school of railway engineering

IUST has 15 schools, 44 instruction groups, and 83 fields of study. Over 5,500 students study in the B.Sc program, over 5,400 students are studying in M.Sc. and over 940 are doing Ph.D. disciplines.

School of Electrical Engineering[8]

  • Departments:[9]
    • Electronic
    • Bioelectrical Engineering
    • Communication
    • Power
    • Control

School of Mechanical Engineering[10]

  • Departments:[11]
    • Solid Mechanics
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Production and Manufacturing
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biomechanics

School of materials science[12]

  • Departments:[13]
    • Casting
    • Industrial Metallurgy
    • Extractive Metallurgy
    • Ceramic
    • Extraction of Metals
    • Biomaterial
    • Ceramic

School of Civil Engineering[14]

  • Departments:[15]
    • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
    • Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering
    • Highway Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Engineering and Planning
    • Geomatics Engineering

School of Industrial Engineering[16]

  • Departments:[17]
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Productivity Management

Other schools:

  • School of Progress Engineering
  • School of Automotive Engineering
  • School of Railway Engineering
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Chemical, Petroleum, and Gas Engineering
  • School of New Technologies
  • School of Physics
  • School of Computer Engineering
  • School of Architecture and Environmental Design


  • Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences
  • Department of Foreign Languages

Extracurricular activities and association[edit]

The most important associations in Iran University of Science and Technology are:

  • Student's Theater association
  • Student's Music association
  • Student's Literature association
  • Student's Film association


Advanced and High-Tech Research Activities at IUST include:

  • Hydrostructures at the Department of Civil Engineering
  • Electronics at the Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Field of Advanced Materials at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Nano Technology as interdepartmental research
  • Bio-technology in the Department of Medical Engineering
  • Hydrodynamics, experimental and numerical fluid dynamics research laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The University Research Centers include:

  • Architecture Research Center
  • Automotive Research Center
  • Cement Research Center
  • Center of Excellence in Experimental Solid Mechanics and Dynamics[18]
  • Center of Excellence in Islamic Architecture[19]
  • Electronic Research Center[20]
  • Green Research Center
  • Information Technology Research Center
  • Iran Composites Institute
  • Materials Research Center
  • Research Center for ICT Strategic and International Studies[21]

World rankings[edit]

University rankings
Iran University of Science and Technology
Global – Overall
ARWU World[22]901-1000 (2020)
CWTS World[23]386 (2020)
QS World[24]601–650 (2021)
THE World[25]501–600 (2021)
USNWR Global[26]904 (2021)

Times Higher Education

  • 2020–2021: National Rank: 6,[27] Rank in Asia: 87
  • 2016–2017: National Rank: 1[28]
  • 2015–2016: National Rank: 1, Rank in Asia: 57, International Rank: 475[29]
  • 2014–2015: National Rank: 3, Rank in Asia: 69[30]

According to QS World University Rankings 2016–2017 Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) ranked as the second university of Iran after Sharif University of Technology and 491–500 among world universities.[31]

Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) ranked 436th among World universities and 78th in Mathematics and computer science according to 2011–2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking.[32]

In 2017, the U.S. News & World Report ranked IUST Engineering Sciences 113th among world universities. Also, Materials Science of IUST ranked 169 among World Universities.[33]

According to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, IUST has been ranked 101–150 among world universities in Metallurgical Engineering[34] and also 151–200 in Mechanical Engineering[35] and Civil Engineering.[36]

U.S. News & World Report[37]

  • 2020 Best Global Universities Ranking
    • Global Ranking: 870
    • Engineering : 180
    • Chemistry: 624
    • Civil Engineering : 88
    • Materials Science : 280
    • Mechanical Engineering : 98

Notable people[edit]


Chancellor Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Jalil Shahi 1978-1980 United Kingdom University of Bradford Civil Engineering
Ebrahim Esrafilian 1980-1981 United Kingdom University of Southampton Mathematics
Ebrahim Sanaei 1981-1982 France Pierre and Marie Curie University Civil Engineering
Ahad Kazemi 1982-1983 United States University of Oklahoma Electrical Engineering
Ebrahim Sanaei 1983-1984 France Pierre and Marie Curie University Civil Engineering
Mohammad Zahabioun 1984–1985 United States Industrial Engineering
Abbas Shoulaei 1985-1987 France University of Montpellier Electrical Engineering
Ahad Kazemi 1987-1989 United States University of Oklahoma Electrical Engineering
Abbas Taeb 1989-1993 Austria University of Graz Chemical Engineering
Mahmoud Mollabashi 1983-1997 Canada University of New Brunswick Physics
Seyed Javad Azhari 1997-2001 United Kingdom University of Manchester Electrical Engineering
Seyed Mohammad Shahrtash 2001-2004 Iran Sharif University of Technology Electrical Engineering
Seyed Mohammad Taghi Salehi 2004-2005 United Kingdom University of Manchester Materials
Mahdi Bidabadi 2005-2006 Canada McGill University Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Jabalameli 2006-2013 Iran Industrial Engineering
Mohammad Ali Barkhordari 2013-2017 United States Michigan State University Civil Engineering
Jabbar Ali Zakeri 2017–current China Beijing Jiaotong University Civil Engineering

Notable faculty members [38][edit]

Name Alma mater Speciality Profile
Ali Kaveh United Kingdom Imperial College London Civil Engineering google scholar
Jalal Hedjazi United Kingdom University of Birmingham Metallurgy & Materials Engineering profile
Farrokh Hojjat Kashani United States UCLA Electrical Engineering profile
Toraj Mohammadi Australia University of New South Wales Chemical Engineering google scholar
Majid R. Ayatollahi United Kingdom University of Bristol Mechanical Engineering google scholar
Vahak Kaspari Marghussian United Kingdom Victoria University of Manchester Metallurgy & Materials Engineering profile

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and government[edit]



Film, television, radio, popular culture[edit]

  • Tahmineh Milani (B.S. 1986) - Iranian film director
  • Homayoun Khorram (B.S.) - Iranian musician, composer, violinist, and a member of the high council of Iran's House of Music

Writing and journalism[edit]

See also[edit]


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  24. ^ QS World University Rankings® 2021, Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, retrieved 24 September 2020
  25. ^ World University Rankings 2021, THE Education Ltd, retrieved 2 September 2020
  26. ^ Best Global Universities in Iran, U.S. News & World Report, retrieved 24 September 2020
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