Islamic Azad University of Najafabad

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Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد نجف‌آباد

Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi Vāhed-e Najafābād
IAUN logo.png
Seal of IAU Najafabad Branch
Motto آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن
(English: Iranian Aspiration for Globalization)
Type Private
Established 1985
Budget ~5$ millions
Chancellor Mehran Majlesi, Dr.
Academic staff
1500(2015)[1]
Administrative staff
1500+
Students 25303[2] (2013-2014)
Undergraduates 18238[2] (2013-2014)
Postgraduates 7065[2] (2013-2014)
Location Najafabad, Isfahan Province, Iran
Campus Urban
Colours Dark and light Blue         
Website www.iaun.ac.ir

The Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch (IAUN) (Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد نجف‌آباد), also known as the University of Najafabad, is an independent comprehensive branch of the Islamic Azad University system, located in Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran.

IAUN was established in January, 1985 with the aim of training professionals needed for high scientific positions. This university boasts of 29 years of service educating 26000 university students in 180 different majors in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs. It has been able to train 73793 graduates including 1340 Ph.D. and 6500 M.A. graduates. The total number of the full-time, part-time and adjunct professors in this university is above 1500. With over twenty five years of service, this university is now one of the most prominent centers in Isfahan Province and one of the most distinguished ones in higher education in Iran, and with its precise and professional management in a 20-year strategic framework in different research, scientific, cultural and educational fields, it has gained a lot of domestic and foreign recognition, among which one can refer to gaining the Gold Medal of Quality Management in the Century based on the QC100 standard from the BID International Institute in Madrid, Spain in 2013 with 118 countries voting for it. This university was introduced as the first independent branch of the Islamic Azad University and appointed as an independent comprehensive university with the total score of 5458.47.[3]

Infrastructures and facilities[edit]

- A campus of 12,778,477 square meters

- The total construction area of 1,000,000 square meters

- The total administrative and educational area of 317,000 square meters

- The total under-construction area of 71,500 square meters including a 200-bed hospital

- The total green space of 606,643 square meters

- The total gardening and agricultural area of 909,4707 square meters

- The first rank in having the most land and building possession in the country

- The ratio of 1 student to 16 square meters of educational space (the standard ratio is 1-12 square meters)

- 17 sports complexes with the total area of 65,000 square meters in the following fields: Body building, Karate, Gymnastics, Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling, Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball, Ping pong, Zurkhaneh (Traditional Persian sports center), Chess, Handball, Badminton, Fitness program, Judo, Taekwondo, Indoor swimming pool (with wet and dry sauna and Jacuzzi) and indoor and outdoor fields for: Soccer, Track and field, Basketball, Volleyball and Futsal

- 9 dormitories for male and female students (4 and 5, respectively) with the total area of 31831 square meters

- 5 mosques with the total area of 4000 square meters

- 8 meeting and conference halls seating 5000 people

- 11 faculties with the total area of 86,230 square meters

- The largest academic library in Iran that is more than 35,000 meters in 8 floors

- A five-story hospital located in Isfahan, Iran with the total area of 2337 square meters

- 180 university majors in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs

- 73793 alumni in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs

- 1500 full-time, part-time and paid scientific board members

- 50 active educational faculties[4]

Academics[edit]

Academic campus[edit]

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The largest academic library in Iran, located in IAUN campus.

IAUN campus is the largest university campus in the Middle East located in Najafabad, Isfahan, occupying about 1,277 acres (5,170,000 m2) in the city of Najafabad in the pleasant touristic province of Isfahan. The largest academic library of Iran is located on this campus.

Faculties/Colleges[edit]

Two other faculties are under construction and expected to be completed in mid-2015

Education[edit]

At present, IAUN is offering 125[5] degree programs including 1 associate degrees, 66 bachelor's degrees, 37 master's degrees, 20 doctor of philosophy and doctor of medicine. Currently, the university has 25303[2] enrolled students and about 70376 alumni[2] as of the academic year 2013-2014.

IAUN monthly newsletter, Talieh, in its first issue titling the university chancellor Dr. Mohammad Amiri's speech "IAU Najafabad Branch soon will be the second Sharif University in Iran".[6]

The university is home to the largest academic library in Iran that is more than 35000 metre in 7 floors. Beside the printed materials there are access to lots of electronic materials and e-books and e-journals.


Enrollments[edit]

Source:[2]

Degree 2013-2014 Academic Year Percent
Associate and Bachelor's 18238 72%
Master's 5726 22.6%
Ph.D. 888 3.5%
M.D. 451 1.8%
Total 25303 100%


Esfahan Hospital Of Islamic Azad University Of Najaf Abad

Honors[edit]

- The biggest central library and four satellite ones including humanities, engineering, medicine and Shariati Hospital library

- Published articles in authentic international journals and domestic and foreign scientific conferences with a total number of 5162 articles

- Publishing 499 ISI articles in international journals in the last two years

- Publishing 286 articles in research and scientific journals in the last two years

- Attaining the 1st rank and gold medal in the 1st Olympiad of the Islamic Azad University Inventors – September, 2010

- Achieving the 3rd rank and bronze medal in Domestic Robotic Competitions, Tabriz ACECR, May, 2009

- Reaching the 2nd rank and silver medal in Domestic Robotic Competitions, Amirkabir University of Technology, September, 2009

- Attaining a superior rank in the 6th Fair of Research Achievements, and the 3rd National Trade Techniques, 2005

- Attaining the first and second rank in Allame Helli Robotic Competitions in Tehran (Helli Cup), 2005

- Attaining the second rank and silver medal in the Nationwide School and University Students Robotic Competitions, 2005

- Attaining the 6th rank in National Competitions of Hybrid Vehicle Design, September, 2011

- Attaining the first rank in the 5th competitions of Designing Light-weight Structural Concrete

- Attaining the second rank in Zanjan National Robotic Competitions

- Receiving two Honor Diplomas in designing and manufacturing unmanned Airplanes competitions, May, 2013

- Attaining the 3rd rank in Sharif University Nationwide Robotic Competitions (fighter robots), 2012

- Achieving the 1st rank in Sharif Cup Nationwide Robotic Competitions, (assistant robots), 2013

- Attaining the second rank in Sharif Cup Nationwide Robotic Competitions, (fire-fighter robots), 2013

- Reaching the 1st rank in Nationwide Competition of Designing and Manufacturing Hovercrafts

- Achieving the 1st rank in the Domestic University Tensile Light-weight Concrete Competitions, 2013

- Attaining the 2nd rank in the Domestic University Tensile Light-weight concrete Competitions, 2013

- Attaining the Honor of Top Article titled “Prediction of Measurement of Nano Particles Using Artificial Intelligence” for the first time in the field by one of the members of the faculty board in Nano Festival, 2014

- Manufacturing unmanned Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Robots for registering violations of traffic and driving regulations

- Attaining the Letter of Appreciation in the 1st Nationwide Competitions and Nano-Technology Festival of the Islamic Azad University, June, 2014

- Conducting over 80 research plans

- Reaching the 1st rank in Financial Discipline for seven years among all the Islamic Azad Universities

- Attaining the superior Rank of University Student Loans Fund for seven years among all the Islamic Azad Universities

- Having publishing resources including over 230000 copies of books, 6500 theses/dissertations, subscription to 816 published journals, 4000 copies of electronic books, a 10-year-old electronic journal archive

- Registering over 100 inventions by the faculty board members and students in different domestic and foreign academic centers.

- The superior publisher of the province for two consecutive years of 2007 and 2008

- Winning the best title of “Soognameh Foroud” in the Moalem Book Festival from the Presidential Office, 2003

- The title of the Book of the Year in the field of literature for “Javahar-al-Asrar and Zavaher-al-Anvar”, edited by late Dr. Mohammd Javad Shariat, faculty board member of the university

- Attaining the Diploma of Honor and Special Prize from Isfahan Province Islamic and Cultural Guidance Organization for the books of “Methods of Analyzing and System Planning”, “Management and Planning Structure of Preschool and Elementary School”, “Bitter Sugar”, and “Poetry in Masnavi

- Attaining the first rank of publishing in the 18th International Holly Quran Fair in 2010 for the book of “Olume Quran Dar Tafsire Al-Mizan”

- The 1st rank of publishing and translation in the 1st Research, Technology, and Science Festival of the Islamic Azad University

- Conducting over 20 national and 2 international conferences and over 50 lectures and symposia in the university

- Publishing over 200 titles of books

- Attaining the 1st rank and gold medal of Malaysia 21st International Competitions of Inventions and Innovations, May, 2009

- Achieving the 1st rank and gold medal of Malaysia 21st International Competitions of Inventions and Innovations, May, 2010

- Reaching the 1st rank and gold medal, and the 3rd rank with bronze Medal in Amirkabir University 2nd International Robotics Competitions, and the 3rd International Kharazmi Robotics Competitions, September, 2010

- Attaining the 3rd rank and bronze medal in the Geneva Invention Fair, 2006

- Winning the 2nd rank and silver medal in the Malaysia Invention Fair, 2006

- Attaining the 1st rank and gold medal in the Geneva Invention Fair, 2007

- Achieving the 2nd rank and silver medal in Inventions and Innovations Fair in Nurnberg, Germany in 2007

- Attaining the 2nd rank and silver medal in the 29th Competitions in Innovations and Inventions Fair conducted by England Ministry of Education, 2007

- Attaining the 2nd rank in International Kharazmi Robotics Competitions (Warehouse Robots), 2012

- Reaching the 1st rank in International Kharazmi Robotics Competitions (Mars Rover Robots), 2011

- Attaining the 3rd rank in International Kharazmi Robotics Competitions (Painter Robots), 2011

- Attaining the 1st rank in Global Competitions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia for innovation in system algorithms for inspection and navigation, 2014

- Winning the 1st rank in Global Competitions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia for documents and articles, 2014

- Attaining the gold medal in South Korea Global Festival of Inventions for Sea and Engineering, 2014

- Winning the special prize of International Federation of Inventors in South Korea Invention Festival for designing and manufacturing a machine that extracts food from waste materials of factories producing juice, 2014[7]

Rankings[edit]

National[edit]

Webometrics rankings

2014 (February Release): 43[8]

SCImago rankings

2012: 64[9]

2013: 64[10]

2014: 54[11]

Other rankings

2010: 6th among Islamic Azad University branches.[12]

International[edit]

Webometrics rankings

2015 (February Release): 2987[8] 2015 (February Release): 2728[8]

SCImago rankings

2012: International rank : 2506[13]

2013: International rank : 2514[14]

2014: International rank : 2283[15]

Presence in social networking websites[edit]

IAUN is pioneer in representing itself in social networking websites among other higher educational institutes in Iran since there has been restrictions from the government for such institutions not to have any presence in foreign social networking websites. However, IAUN is the first university in Iran having an official page in social networking websites. Starting from early January 2014, the university announced using Instagram as the first social networking website to have an official page on.[16] Here is the link to the university's Instagram page named iaunofficial.

On February 4, 2014 the university officially announced[17] having a page on Google Plus titled as Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official websites

Universities in Iran

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