Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran

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Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد علوم و تحقیقات

Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi Vāhed-e Olum va Tahghighāt
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Mottoبدون شعار رسمی

شعار غیر رسمی شامل: اطلب العلم من المهد الى اللحد (Arabic)
ز گهواره تا گور دانش بجوی
آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن
یادگیری و زندگی

Motto in English
No official motto

Unofficial mottoes include:

Seek Knowledge from the Cradle to the Grave
Iranian Aspirations for Globalization
Learn and Live
TypePrivate research university
Established1984 (1984)
PresidentMohammad Mehdi Tehranchi
RectorReza Masoudi
Postgraduates~20,000 (includes Doctoral)
Location, ,
Total 860 acres (350 ha)
Core Campus 62 acres (25 ha)
ColoursDark and light blue
NicknameS&R, SRBIAU, Science and Research University
AffiliationsIslamic Azad University

The Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch (commonly referred to as Science and Research University, SRBIAU, or simply S&R, Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد علوم و تحقيقات‎, Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi Vāhed-e Olum va Tahghighāt) is a private research university located in Tehran, Iran. It is an independent comprehensive branch of the Islamic Azad University system.

It has 12 faculties and 4 research centers offering 600 disciplines at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels with over 50,000 students. The academic staff includes 873 full- and part-time members as well as visiting professors.[1]


The Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University (Tehran SRBIAU) was established in November 1985 with the objective of ‘enhancing the youth education enabling them to specialize and be efficient’. In Tehran, the SRBIAU began activities with the enrolment of 250 students in humanities, engineering, basic sciences and agriculture.

SRBIAU grew fast and is now home to 16 faculties and four research centers offering 334 disciplines at graduate and doctorate levels with a total of over 30,000 students having produced 15,500 graduates. The academic staff includes 800 highly qualified full-time and part-time members as well as visiting professors from notable personalities in the realm of science and research.

SRBIAU finances are essentially based on tuition fees, although in recent years the university is attempting to diversify its sources of income through commercialization of its research activities.

Activities of SRBIAU have brought considerable benefits to the country, including the establishment of a number of research centers such as a Gene Bank, registration of a number of inventions by student body and conduct of several research projects. The graduate and PhD students of the SRBIAU along with the faculty members have published numerous papers in ISI journals paving the way for accomplishing and promoting the mission and vision of the university.


SRBIAU campus in Tehran is built over tens of hectares of land on the hills overlooking northern part of the city. The campus is expanding rapidly and presently is home to the administration offices, most of the faculties, research centers, libraries and laboratories, a five-star hotel and an impressive and well equipped sport center.


The office of the president incorporates general directorates dealing with international affairs, gender issues and public relations. Four vice–presidents dealing with administrative and financial issues, cultural and student affairs, research and technology, academic and graduate affairs support the president.

A Council of Vice-presidents, a Management Council and a Council of SRBIAU Sub-branches are the major consultative and advisory bodies. Each faculty is headed by a dean with considerable authority. Deans are members of the Management Council.


Chancellor Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Abdollah Jassbi 1984–2012 United Kingdom Aston University Industrial Engineering and Management
Khosrow Daneshjoo 2012–2013 Iran SRBIAU Architecture Engineering and Urban Development
Hamid Mirzadeh 2013–2014 Australia University of New South Wales Polymer Engineering and Biomaterials
Ali Abbaspoor Tehrani Fard 2014–2017 United States UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering
Farhad Rahbar 2017–2018 Iran University of Tehran Theoretical Economics
Ghasem Amooabedini 2018–2018 Germany RWTH Aachen University Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering
Reza Masoudi 2018–present Canada Laval University Laser Physics and Photonics


The university is made up of 12 faculties, all of them are subdivided into further departments.

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Faculty of Basic Sciences
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering, Arts and Architecture
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences and Technologies
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Food Industries
  • Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
  • Faculty of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law, Theology and Political Science
  • Faculty of Management and Economics

Faculty of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering[edit]

Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE), originally a part of the Faculty of Engineering, was separated from that faculty to begin work as an independent body in 2008 reflecting the broad range of its interest and the high number of its students and academic staff. The main goal of this faculty is to educate and train students in mathematics, physics, mechanics and aerospace sciences to develop, strengthen and enhance abilities to analyze, model, build, measure, design and implement solutions throughout a broad spectrum of engineering fields. The process of formulation, design, control, optimization and manufacturing of new systems and devices are emphasized at the faculty both in education and research as the starting point for the graduates' careers in energy, mechanical and aerospace engineering. The faculty offers B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD in both mechanical and aerospace engineering and has nearly 50 faculty members.

Faculty of Marine Science and Technologies[edit]

The Faculty of Marine Science and Technology (FMSE) aiming to improve the qualitative and quantitative aspects of oceanographic disciplines, officially started its work in 2005 and is now home to over 420 students studying at post-graduate and doctorate levels.

The faculty’s departments include: Marine Industries (Civil Engineering - Marine Structures, Shipbuilding - Ship Architecture), Marine Biology (Marine Animals, Marine Pollution, and Ecology), Marine Chemistry and Physics. Thus, far a large number of students have graduated from the faculty quite a few of whom have joined the academic staff of other institution of higher education contributing to the growth of marine education and technology.

Each year a considerable number of articles by faculty members and prominent students are published in national and international journals. The faculty is actively engaged in innovations in the fields of engineering and science, e.g., genes registration.

The FMST owns specialized laboratories at the Zakariya Razi and Sheykh Bahaee complexes at SRBIIAU. It is also pursuing the design and establishment of the International Institute for Research of Delvar, on the northern coast the Persian Gulf, to promote research and development on marine engineering and Sciences and to contribute to aquaculture. The institute is planned to enter into construction phase in early 2011.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) is one of the earliest entities of the SRBIAU having begun its activities at the time of its foundation under the title of Social Sciences Education encompassing four faculties covering social sciences, economics and management, law and political science, and divinity and philosophy. Following the formation and separation of three independent faculties — Economics and Management, Law and Political Sciences, and Divinity and Philosophy — this early structure evolved and transformed into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) upon the approval of the SRBIAU management and endorsement of the president of the Islamic Azad University. Up to 2004 the faculty was under the auspices of the SRBIAU Education Deputy but since has been working as an independent entity. Notable alumni: Mohammad Hossein Farhanghi, Rasoul Khadem

Faculty of Art and Architecture[edit]

The Faculty of Art and Architecture started working independently in 2004, with the aim of training professionals in architecture and urbanism fields. Currently it has 149 students in doctoral level, 383 graduate students, 10 full-time faculty members, 6 part-time and 8 visiting faculty members. This Faculty offers PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning and post -graduate degree in Architecture, Urban Designing, Urban Planning and Regional Planning.

Faculty of Energy and Environmental Studies[edit]

The Faculty of Environment and Energy has spared no efforts to expand its research and educational activities at post-graduate and doctorate levels in the past 18 years. These efforts have successfully resulted in training and educating of quality lecturers, researchers and experts who now serve across the country and abroad. Quite a few of the first doctoral graduates of the faculty have achieved associate professor rank in universities where they lecture and conduct and lead research projects. Noting its activities in publication, education and research areas, the FEE has been identified as a ‘distinguished institution’ amongst other environmental faculties in the country. These achievements are the result of the past and present activities of the faculty which will only be continued and expanded in future. With the support and collaboration of the higher authorities, the university administrators and the alumni the faculty is determined to progress and flourish as a non-governmental scientific and research center at world level.

The faculty began activities in 1990 in three major disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management and Environmental Sciences, at post-graduate and PhD levels. Since the first semester of 2003-2004 the faculty is offering master's degree in Environmental Law and Environmental Economics, these being sub-disciplines of Environmental Management. Starting with the first semester of 2004-2005, Environment Design Engineering and Water Resources, being sub-disciplines of Environmental Engineering, have admitted students at the Masters level. From 2004-05 the Energy Engineering has also been included in the faculty.

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering[edit]

The wide range of technology applications in medical diagnosis equipment, training and education on one hand, and the increasing development of medical research on the other hand, have made the training of the specialists in Medical Engineering an essential need in the modern world. In the past three decades the medical engineering industries have made significant progress, and today, are considered amongst the leading industries in the world. The Science and Research Branch is the only branch of the Islamic Azad University which is active at all levels and in all disciplines pertaining to medical engineering. The FME, relying on its high academic and technical capabilities and enjoying qualified faculty members, experts and students, is actively trying to achieve medical engineering scientific ideals and goals. Extensive medical engineering activities at the faculty, provide students a suitable environment for research and educational activities and encourage consolidated progress in scientific- research activities at different levels. The Faculty of Medical Engineering formally began its activities in 1998 with the admission of students at undergraduate and graduate levels (BS, MS and PhD) in bio-electric, bio-mechanics, and bio-materials. Since 2004 the faculty has been offering degrees in clinical disciplines.

Faculty of Foreign Languages[edit]

The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature (FFLL) began its activities under the auspices of the Faculty of Human Sciences in 1985 offering doctorate level education in English Language. The number of courses and sub-disciplines offered in languages and literature increased rapidly and by 1996 the FFLL included ten educational departments

On 23 May 2005, the Faculty formally turned into an independent entity as the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature. In September 2006, to increase the education spaces, it moved to a new building in South Jannat Abad Street. In April 2018 it moved to the main place of the university in Hesarak among the other faculties.

The departments at the FFLL include:

  • Graduate level: French Language and Literature and French Language Translation
  • Post graduate level: French language and literature, French language Translation, Persian Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, English Language Teaching, English Language Translation, German language Teaching, Ancient Culture and Languages and Linguistics
  • Doctorate level: French Language and Literature, Persian Language and Literature, Arab Language and Literature, English language Teaching, German language and Literature, Ancient Iranian Culture and Languages and Linguistics.

Faculty of Basic Sciences[edit]

The faculty was founded in 1986 and began its work as an independent institution from 1999. Biology and Geology were amongst the earliest disciplines offered by the Faculty. During the 1993-1994 periods, the first post-graduate level course (M.Sc) on Biology-genetics was approved and launched. In 1995 new disciplines i.e. Marine Biology, Marine Physics and Mathematics were added. Same year it accepted PhD level students in Mathematics. In 2003, the FBS admitted undergraduate students in General Biology and Plant Biology. Presently the Faculty offers education and research at graduate, post graduate and Decorate levels to 1790 students in 54 disciplines and sub-disciplines.

Faculty of Food Sciences and Engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Food Sciences and Engineering (FFSE) was established and began to admit students in 1999. Up to now, the FFSE has trained some 5,100 graduates in a number of disciplines including Agricultural Engineering: Food Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering: Food, and Nutritional Sciences. Benefiting from qualified and experienced teaching staff, the FFSE is considered as one of the most robust training centers in the country in connection with food industries. The faculty with some 1818 square meter of built- space is constructed on four floors in an area of 994 square and enjoys facilities such as conference halls, computer sites, prayer houses, a dining hall for faculty staff and a buffet for students.[2]

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering (Persian: دانشکده فنی و مهندسي‎) has 6500 square meters of built space and a five-story building. Adjacent to the faculty is the Laboratories Building, with 2700 square meters on two floors. Educational and research activities are offered at doctorates, post-graduate and graduate levels. The FE has 1574 undergraduate students, 1176 graduate students and 377 doctoral students. Current courses offered at the FE include 30 disciplines in 11 sub-disciplines at graduate level, 11 disciplines in 35 sub-disciplines at post- graduate level and 11 disciplines in 30 sub-disciplines at doctorate level. There are 141 faculty members. In addition, some 200 visiting professors per semester, in coordination with the deans of faculty departments, help the students in their education and research. Currently the number of students at all levels are 3135, and so far about 2817 students have graduated from this department.[3]

Faculty of Law and Political Science[edit]

The Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (FLPS) was founded in May 2003 following the establishment of separate independent entities dealing with humanities, a policy that reflected the strategic approach undertaken by the Islamic Azad University (IAU) to promote and strengthen the principles and foundations of specialized research and development activities and to respond to the increasing need of the IAU for trained and qualified educational staff.

The faculty started its activities as an independent entity in a single room, the work office of the Politics and International Relations Department, with one staff member with support from the Educational Deputy of the Branch. Presently, after some eight years, the faculty has expanded its activities in both education and research enjoying the support of eight staff members.

Currently the faculty has two departments: Political Sciences-International Relations and Law. The Law group has two specialized sub-groups namely, Criminal Law and Criminology and Private, International and Public Law. The Law group has 10 full-time and 13 part-time professors and the Political Science and International Relations group has 8 full-time and 6 part-time professors.the main professors in criminal law are: dr ashoury, dr mahdavisabet, dr ardebili, dr safary, dr aghaeinia, dr shambayati, dr mehra, dr samavaty. Notable alumni: Mohammad Hossein Farhanghi, Ali Tajari, Jalel Maleki

Faculty of Management and Economics[edit]

Management related disciplines were amongst the first to be offered at PhD level at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University (SRBIAU). Initially the PhD degree was research-based but later on Comprehensive Examination and course works became mandatory, requirements that were retroactively applied to the first PhD graduates. At the start only PhD level students were admitted but gradually graduate and post-graduate courses were offered.

Since 1985, no efforts were spared to introduce new themes and subjects and in 2002 the Faculty of Management and Economics (FME) was established covering a total of 26 sub-disciplines and specialized themes.

In tandem with the growth in the number of students and the disciplines the faculty has endeavored to attract from within the country and abroad prominent, quality and experienced full-time, part-time and visiting academic staff. Currently the faculty has some 3000 students studying at graduate to doctorate levels. The faculty with 1500 square meter of built space is located in the main campus of the SRBIAU.[4]

Faculty of Divinity and Philosophy[edit]

The Faculty of Divinity and Philosophy (FDP) started its work in 1982 as a new academic center of SRBIAU; however, although some of the courses offered by the faculty goes back to the time when SRBIAU was established. The FDP includes 14 departments at post-graduate and doctorate levels. From the time of its establishment FDP has had many graduates at who currently serve in universities and research centers in the country.

Benefiting from highly qualified professors and notable graduates, the faculty has always tried to improve the quality of education in line with the provisions and enactments of the Planning Supreme council and also to lead the MA and PhD theses towards meeting the theoretical-scientific needs of the country.[5]

Faculty of Material Engineering[edit]

The department of Material Engineering of SRBIAU was established in 1997. At the time of its inception, the faculty admitted students at graduate level but later it welcomed the students at all undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. At first, the department was affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering, but it has been separated and independently continued its activities since March, 2004. The FME now offers two disciplines at undergraduate level, i.e., Material Engineering-Industrial Metallurgy, and Material Engineering-Ceramic; and three disciplines at graduate level, i.e., Material Engineering-Ceramic, Material Engineering-Welding, Material Engineering-Material corrosion and protection; and admits students in Material Engineering at PhD level. Currently, the Faculty is home to 848 BA students, 224 MA students and 28 PhD students. The FME is proud of its 950 BA graduates, 250 MA graduates, and 3 PhD graduates.

The Faculty of Material Engineering includes 12 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members and runs eleven laboratories and specialized workshops of ceramic, material processing, welding, heating operations, congelation, molding, surface corrosion and engineering, mechanical properties, metallography, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and Transmission Scanning Microscope (TEM). Enhancing the quality and quantity of the administrative and educational capacity of the Faculty, employing highly qualified faculty members, offering new sub-fields at graduate level, publishing highly ranked specialist journals, promoting the quality and quantity of the students and faculty members' scientific and research papers, and running research projects at national level and overseas are the aims pursued by the FME to achieve.

Faculty of Petroleum Engineering[edit]

Established in 2006, the Faculty of Petroleum Engineering (FPE) is offering BSc and MSc degrees in a number of oil and gas related fields while being equally active in advanced research and technology. Benefiting from the participation by experienced oil and gas engineering professors, being in touch with the oil and gas specialists both at home and overseas, instituting the new internship programs efficient in acquainting the students with the activities of the oil and gas industries, and finally, introducing the national and international careers opportunities to the students are some of the main features of the FPE.

The FPE current program includes the expansion of the oil and gas laboratories of the Faculty towards advancing oil and gas technology, especially in the upstream oil industry. The achievements of the FPE students in the international petroleum engineering competitions have always been the harbingers of their future successes in introducing higher technologies in the international level and, subsequently, paving the way for the Islamic Iran to be placed in the deserved international rank in introducing the new technologies to the world.

Faculty of Plasma Physics[edit]

The Plasma Physics Research Centre (PPRC) was established in 1994 initiating applied research in the fields of Atomic-Molecular Physics (plasma, laser and bio-photonic), Solid Physics (superficies, thin layers, semi conductors and nano-technology), Fundamental particles Physics (Theoretical). Currently and in line with the national social and economic development programs, the centre is pursuing a wide range of cooperation with other universities and research centers at the national and international levels.

Aiming to develop and promote science and technology the centre is carrying out fundamental and applied research projects, in the field of Solid Physics and Atomic-Molecular Physics. The centre, being one of the most active in Plasma Physics in the country is now expanding its activities to cover nuclear fusion.

Notable alumni and people[edit]


In recent year the IAU has placed special importance on research activities. SRBIAU, as the pioneering branch of the university, has built up unique research and laboratory facilities and is rapidly and considerably enhancing its research capabilities. In this connection and towards promoting the international standing of the IAU, the Plasma Physic Research Centre is actively engaged in publishing ISI papers, taking part in reputable international gatherings and conducting research projects at national and international levels. The performance of the centre in recent years is indicative of its exponential growth in registered scientific activities.

Research centers[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد علوم و تحقیقات". Retrieved September 8, 2018.
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Coordinates: 35°47′27″N 51°18′45″E / 35.79083°N 51.31250°E / 35.79083; 51.31250