Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch

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Coordinates: 35°45′43.64″N 51°20′20.83″E / 35.7621222°N 51.3391194°E / 35.7621222; 51.3391194

Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد تهران مرکزی
IAU CTB logo.png
Seal of IAU Central Tehran Branch
Former names
Islamic Azad University of Tehran[1]
Motto Persian: آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی‌شدن‎‎
Motto in English
Iranian Aspirations for Globalization
Type Private research university
Established August 1, 1982[2][3]
President Ahmad Shams
Academic staff
1,400 faculty member and 1,820 contracted (Spring 2016) [3]
Administrative staff
936 (Spring 2016)
Students 56,934 (Spring 2016)[3]
Undergraduates 33,331 (Spring 2016)[3]
Postgraduates 21,156 (Spring 2016)[3]
2,447 (Spring 2016)[3]
Location Tehran, Iran
Campus Urban
297,904 m² (total)[4]
156,532 m² (educational)[4]
8,689 m² (sport space)[4]
7,400 m² (laboratories)[4]
5,283 m² (libraries)[4]
Colors          Dark and light Blue[5]
Sports Futsal, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Chess, Wrestling, Squash, Taekwondo, Karate
Nickname Tehran Markaz
Affiliations Islamic Azad University
Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch

The Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch (IAUCTB) (Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد تهران مرکزی) formerly known as Islamic Azad University of Tehran is a major private research university located in central Tehran, Iran. It is the campus of the Islamic Azad University system.

The university is the oldest,[6] the largest[4] and the top university among all branches of Islamic Azad University academic organization, established in 1982, originally as "Islamic Azad University of Tehran".[1] The university campuses rest on 297,904 m² of various districts of Tehran.[4] It offers approximately 445 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines such as Applied Sciences, Engineering, Art and Architecture, Humanities and Social Sciences and Medical Sciences.[4]



Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch is the very first branch established under the university system which is known as Islamic Azad University, so its history can be traced back to the foundation of the university.[7]

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani sought to establish a private university to address the challenges posed during early years of Iranian Revolution -such as Cultural Revolution- and to meet increasing demands of secondary-school graduates for higher education in Iran.[8] On the sidelines of an Islamic Republican Party conference, Rafsanjani mooted the idea with Abdollah Jasbi, who supported and developed the plan to establish Islamic Azad University.[7]

On its early days, the university lacked sufficient funds and facilities to operate, sorely opening relying on donations made by people and government.[7] The initial endowment was about 100,000 Rials.[9]

Jasbi rented No. 155 building in Forsat Shirazi St., while Nassir Shekarriz and Mahmoud Latifipour – who were in charge as Chancellor and Vice Chancellor respectively – rented the 6th floor of a building located in Enqelab St., Felestin St. in order to hold an entrance exam in 1982.[7] This university began as the Islamic Azad University of Tehran when it opened the doors to about 200 students, offering six majors in bachelor's degree and two in associate degree.[10] Soon after, the whole building in Enqelab St. was purchased from Mostazafan Foundation of Islamic Revolution and became the university's first property. (Current Faculty of Arts and Architecture)[7]


“Innovative, Entrepreneur, Pioneer in the country’s economic, social and cultural affairs”


  • Growth and development of culture and entrepreneurial knowledge through the utilization of new technologies, educational and research innovations.
  • Growth and development of scientific and applied researches to meet the scientific and technological requirements of the nation.
  • Training committed, creative and experienced entrepreneurs.


Chancellor Tenure
Nasir Shekarriz 1982–1998
Majid Monajjemi 1998 (interim)
Karim Zare 1998–2003
Hossein Aghaei 2003 (interim)
Hossein Mojtabazadeh 2003–2005
Ahmad Moradi 2005–2006
Mohammad-Ali Gozashti 2006–2012
Ferdos Hajian 2012–2013
Farhad Hosseinzadeh Lotfi 2013–2015
Mehrdad Navabakhsh 2015–2016
Ahmad Shams 2016–Present


Niayesh Complex main entrance
Faculty of Arts and Architecture

The university has 15 Faculties:[11]

IAUCTB Faculties
Faculty Location
Faculty of Arts Enghelab St., Felestin St.
Faculty of Applied Sciences Payambar Azam Complex
Faculty of Foreign Languages
Faculty of Economics and Accounting Enghelab St., Pich Shemiran
Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Niayesh Complex
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law Enghelab St., Ferdowsi Sq.
Faculty of Literature and Humanities Valieasr Complex
Faculty of Psychology

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Management Azadi St., Enghelab Sq.
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Shahrak-e-Gharb
Faculty of Political Sciences Shahrak-e-Gharb
Faculty of Communication Sciences and Media Studies Enghelab St., 12 Farvardin St.

the university has 3 main complexes:[11]

IAUCTB Complexes
Complex Location
Valieasr Emam Hossein Square
Payambar Azam Shahrak-e-Gharb
Niayesh Punak

Schools and Departments[edit]

Programs By Subject:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health (Medical Sciences)
  • Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physical Sciences


In Academic Year of 2015-2016

Field of Study Percent
Engineering and Technology ~40%
Humanities ~48%
Art ~8%
Science ~3%
Agriculture and Veterinary ~0%
Medical Science ~1%
Total[12] 100%
Level of study (Degree) Percent
Associate 2.36%
Bachelor's 56.20%
Master's 37.15%
Ph.D. 4.29%
Total 100%

Faculty of Engineering[edit]



  • Department of Electrical Engineering
B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Communications Communications (Communication Systems, Communication Networks, Secure Communication & Cryptography, Optical Communications, Field & Wave Communications) Communications
Control Control Control
Electronics Electronics (Micro and Nanoelectronic Devices, Digital Electronic Systems, Electronic Integrated Circuits) Electronics
Power Power (Power Systems, Power Electronics and Electrical Machines, Planning and Management of Electrical Energy Systems, Electrical Transportation Systems) Power
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Bioelectric (joint program EE Dept) Bioelectric (joint program EE Dept) Bioelectric (joint program EE Dept)
Biomechanic Biomechanic Biomechanic
Biomaterial Biomaterial Biomaterial
Rehabilitation Rehabilitation
Tissue Tissue
  • Department of Computer Engineering
B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Computer Systems Architecture Computer Systems Architecture Computer Systems Architecture
Software Software Software
Information Technology Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Department of Nuclear Engineering
B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Nuclear Engineering Medical Radiation Engineering Medical Radiation Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Department of Basic Sciences

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

It offers the following programs:

B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Computer Science Computer Science
Applied Statistics Applied Statistics
Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics Pure Mathematics
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics


The university received 35,317 applications for the Fall 2011 undergraduate class, making it the university with the most freshmen applicants among all branches of Islamic Azad University.[13] In 2013, a total number of 11,789 and 6,061 applications were received for undergraduate and graduate programs respectively.[9]


2011: 3rd among Islamic Azad University campuses[14]

2012: International rank : 231, National rank : 1[15] (Islamic Azad University)
2013: International rank : 87, National rank : 1[16] (Islamic Azad University)

Notable alumni and people[edit]



As of June 2010, the university has 176,973 alumni[4] which makes it the biggest number among all branches of Islamic Azad University.[28]


Several students have won medals in International competitions while studying at the university.[32]

Medalists at 2010 Asian Games
Name Sport Medal
Iran Taleb Nematpour Wrestling  Gold
Iran Jasem Vishgahi Karate  Gold
Iran Elaheh Ahmadi STR3X20  Silver
AR40 team  Silver
STR3X20 team  Bronze
Iran Mir-Saeid Marouf Volleyball  Silver
Iran Farshad Alizadeh Wrestling  Bronze
Iran Sara Khoshjamal Fekri Taekwondo  Bronze
Iran Saeideh Maghsoudlou Kabaddi  Bronze
Iran Fatemeh Momeni  Bronze
Iran Sajjad Anoushiravani Weightlifting  Bronze
Iran Samad Nikkhah Bahrami Basketball  Bronze
Medalists at 2012 Summer Olympics
Name Sport Medal
Iran Hamid Sourian Wrestling  Gold
Iran Sajjad Anoushiravani Weightlifting  Silver

Other notable sportspeople at the university include Ali Daei, Karim Ansarifard, Mohammad Mayeli Kohan, Akbar Mohammadi, Mahmoud Miran and Arash Miresmaeili.[33]


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