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Isfahan University of Technology
  • دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهان
    Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Esfahān
Isfahan University of Technology (seal).svg
© Isfahan University of Technology
EndowmentUS$ 20 million[1]
PresidentDr. Mehdi Abtahi
Academic staff
Location, ,
AthleticsOne main stadium, soccer field, indoor swimming pool, three outdoor tennis fields, outdoor horse riding field, five indoor special purpose gyms

Isfahan University of Technology[edit]

Isfahan university of technology (IUT) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهانDāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Esfahān)[2] is one of the most prestigious universities in Iran. Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), as one of the leading universities in Iran, is founded in 1974 and started its academic activities in 1977. IUT is one of the pioneers among the National universities and has been ranked among the top Asian Universities in the International University Rankings. IUT has 14 faculties and departments with about 11000 students and 600 academic members, and offers four disciplines of engineering, basic sciences, agriculture and Natural resources in all three study level of BSc, MSc and PhD. IUT located in the central part of the country with the total area of 2300 hectares of land. Of this, 400 ha area has been dedicated to the main campus. The main campus resembling a small town, includes all the educational or research building as well as modern dormitories to house more than 5000 students and the residential quarters which provide the academic staff with semi-detached houses. To facilitate for students and staff, IUT also offers the health service center, shopping, sports and recreation centers inside the campus. IUT has 11000 full-time undergraduates and graduate students in three disciplines of Engineering, Basic sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources. IUT comprises a College of Agriculture (with ten departments), nine Engineering departments, three basic science departments, one department of natural resources with three divisions, seven research centers, and many research groups. Since it is located in the heart of industrial complexes, it has provided an opportunity to strengthen industrial enhancement of the city of Isfahan and Iran. This University has been successful enough to make strong ties with industries and carried out about 2000 research projects with different national industrial bodies. In terms of technology we have the honor to be the initiator of Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT)[3] which is one of the top in the Middle East. The connection between IUT and ISTT is leading to Enhancing the cooperation between IUT and Industrial bodies in the region for more research projects, defining curriculum based on the industrial needs, providing the opportunities for students to get experiment about solving real problems based on the needs of society, as training program, educating our students and graduates to be entrepreneurs.[4]


The university was founded in 1974 and admitted its first students in 1977. It was founded as Aryamehr University of Technology Isfahan branch, with a significant gift of approximately 2 million square meters or 500 acres of land being contributed to the university by the locally notable and well regarded Boroumand family (brothers Abdolghaffar, Abdolrahman, Abdolrahim, Abdolkarim, Abdolrashid, and Abdollah); the university was renamed after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Plans to make the institution the largest university in the Middle East were not achieved because of political changes in the country.

Isfahan University of Technology is a state university under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. IUT began its academic activities in 1977 with around 800 students in five departments; the enrollment has grown to 10000 in fourteen departments.[5]

The university was designed and planned based on models of MIT and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.[6]


Many of the country's brightest talents choose IUT among their first choices in National University Entrance Exams. The university offers degrees in B.S., M.Sc., and PhD levels, in branches of Science and Engineering.

The university runs two research centers, the Information & Communication Technology Institute, and the Subsea Research & Development Center, where the first national radar project and design, and implementation of the first Iranian submarine were carried out.

World rankings[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[7]801-900 (2019)

Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC)

The Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) published rankings for 2018 of Iranian universities and institutes of higher education appears as follows (after Amirkabir University of Technology and before Iran University of Science and Technology):[8]

  1. University of Tehran
  2. Sharif University of Technology
  3. Amirkabir University of Technology
  4. Isfahan University of Technology
  5. Iran University of Science and Technology
  6. Tarbiat Modarres University
  7. Shiraz University
  8. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
  9. K. N. Toosi University of Technology

Academic Ranking of World Universities[9]

  • 2011-2015: Not mentioned

Times Higher Education[10]

According to subject category of Times Higher Education 2020, IUT is:

  • Ranked first in the country for Agricultural, Forestry, Environmental and Marine Sciences fields;
  • Ranked 2nd in the country for life sciences;
  • Ranked 3rd in the country for International Outlook and Industry Income
  • Ranked 4th in the list of 40 Iranian Universities

U.S. News[11]

  • 2016: National rank: 3, international rank: 547
  • 2015: National rank: 3, international rank: 472

Round University Ranking (RUR)[4]

According to the last ranking announced by Round University Ranking (RUR), Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) has been ranked as the first Iranian University in Research and International Diversity. IUT also ranked 3rd in overall ranking between 11 Iranian universities which ranked by RUR.

Research and facilities[edit]

Isfahan University of Technology was appointed as a Center of Excellence by Iran's Ministry of Science and Technology in the fields of Risk Management and Natural Hazards, Nano Technology in Environment, Steel Technology, Algebra Science, Sensor and Green Chemistry, Soil & Water Pollution, and Oil-seed Crops. This appointment is based on national standing based on research achievements and invested funding in the topics.

A supercomputer was unveiled at the university in 2011. It was made by Isfahan University of Technology scientists and is among the 500 fastest in the world. It has a calculation ability of 34000 billion operations per second and its graphics processing units are able to perform more than 32 billion operations per 100 seconds.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mohammad-Reza Aref is an Iranian academic, electrical engineer and politician. He was the vice president of Iran under President Mohammad Khatami. He received a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from University of Tehran and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and communication engineering from Stanford University in 1975, 1976 and 1980, respectively. Until 1994, Mohammad-Reza Aref was a faculty member of Isfahan University of Technology.
  • Mohammad-Ali Najafi is an Iranian politician and university professor in mathematics. He was a minister and later vice-president for planning and budget; he was a member of Tehran City Council from 2007 to 2013 and is currently nominated to the Ministry of Education. After the Iranian revolution of 1979, Najafi returned to Iran. He started working as a consultant to Mostafa Chamran and was later the president of Isfahan University of Technology (1980–1981).
  • Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is an Iranian politician. He was an adviser to the former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff. He was appointed on 31 December 2007 to run the newly founded National Center for Research on Globalization. He is a former head of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei was Vice President of Iran for a short time. He studied electrical engineering and holds a bachelor's degree from Isfahan University of Technology.
  • Hamid Baqai is an Iranian politician who has been the head of presidential center from 9 April 2011 to 4 August 2013. He was a senior advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Isfahan University of Technology.
  • Mohammad Tabibian is an Iranian economist who served under the administration of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as deputy director of the Planning and Budget Organization. Dr Tabibian was head of the groups who made the First Five Year Plan (1989–1993) and the Second Five Year Plan of Iran (1994–1998).[12] He has taught at the Isfahan University of Technology.
  • Ahmad Shirzad was a reformist member of the 6th Iran Parliament (Consultative Assembly of Iran) and a leading official in the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the main reformist party in Iran. He teaches physics in Isfahan University of Technology.
  • Amir Faghri is an American professor and leader in the engineering profession as an educator, scientist, and administrator. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Distinguished Dean Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Faghri served as head of the Mechanical Engineering Department 1994–1998 and dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut from 1998 to 2006. He is arguably the world's leading expert in the area of heat pipes and a significant contributor to thermal-fluids engineering in thermal energy systems. He was one of the founding faculty members and administrators who established Isfahan University of Technology in 1977.


Affiliated research centers[edit]

  • Center for Advanced Computing Services
  • Center for Research in Applied Statistics and Stochastic Systems
  • Information & Communication Technology Institute[13]
  • Network Security Center
  • Research Center for soil-less cultivation
  • Steel Research Center
  • Under Water Research Center

Former Presidents[edit]

Name Dates of office Alma mater Field
Dr. Mohammad Amin 1974 – 1979
Dr. Mohammad Reza Saiedi 1979 Chemistry
Dr. Seied Hossein Taheri 1979 – 1980
Mr. Mohammad-Ali Najafi 1980 – 1981 United States MIT Mathematics
Prof. Mohammad Mehdi Saadatpour 1981 – 1983 United States University of California, Berkeley Civil Engineering
Prof. Ahmad Abrishamchi 1983 – 1986 United States University of California, Davis Water Resources Engineering
Prof. Mohammad Shahedi 1986 – 1989 United States Purdue University Agriculture
Prof. Seied Morteza Saghaian Nezhad 1989 – 1997 United States Kentucky State University Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ali Ahoonmanesh 1997 – 2003 United States University of California, Davis Plant Pathology
Prof. Mohammad Hasan Abbasi 2003 – 2005 United States University of California, Berkeley Materials Processing
Prof. Gholam Reza Ghorbani 2005 – 2009 United States University of Kentucky Agriculture
Prof. Mohammad Esmail Hamedani Golshan 2009 – 2013 Iran Isfahan University of Technology Electrical Engineering
Prof. Mahmoud Modarres-Hashemi [14] 2013 – 2019 Iran Sharif University of Technology Electrical Engineering
Prof. Sayyed Mahdi Abtahi [15] 2019 – Present IranIran University of Science and Technology Civil Engineering


See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "IUT E-Catalogue 2020-2021 - IUT International E-Newsletter". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  3. ^ "Isfahan science and technology town". Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  4. ^ a b "دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهان | Isfahan University of Technology". Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Exporting MIT: Science, Technology, and Nation-Building in India and Iran. Stuart W. Leslie and Robert Kargon. OSIRIS 2006, 21 : 110–130
  7. ^ [Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities".
  10. ^ "Times Higher Education".
  11. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". Archived from the original on 2015-04-17.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Information & Communication Technology Institute
  14. ^ Dr. Mahmoud Modarres-Hashemi
  15. ^ "Dr.Sayyed Mahdi Abtahi". Retrieved 2019-09-01.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°43′05″N 51°31′55″E / 32.718°N 51.532°E / 32.718; 51.532