Malek-Ashtar University of Technology

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Malek Ashtar University of Technology
دانشگاه صنعتی مالک اشتر
Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Mālek Asht'ar
Malek-Ashtar University of Technology logo
Type Public
Established 1984
Location Iran Tehran and Isfahan and Urmia
35°46′59″N 51°29′35″E / 35.78306°N 51.49306°E / 35.78306; 51.49306, 32°52′49″N 51°33′10″E / 32.88028°N 51.55278°E / 32.88028; 51.55278Coordinates: 32°52′49″N 51°33′10″E / 32.88028°N 51.55278°E / 32.88028; 51.55278

Malek Ashtar University of Technology (MUT) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی مالک اشتر‎‎ Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Mālek Asht'ar) is a public research university of engineering, science, and military in Iran. Founded in 1984, MUT's main campus is located at Tehran, the capital of Iran. Its other campuses are located in Isfahan and Urmia. The university is named after Malik al-Ashtar, one of the most loyal companions of Ali Ibn Abi Talib. Malek-Ashtar University of Technology is often referred to as "MUT" by the abbreviation.

Malek Ashtar University of Technology provides both undergraduate and graduate programs. MUT is organized into more than twenty schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Lavizan in Tehran, Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province, Karaj in Alborz province, Fereydunkenar in Mazandaran province, Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province and Urmia.[1]

The university does not provide free access and is not open to visitors. Visitors can only enter the university after getting permission from the person they want to visit. Their identification will be registered at the entrance and they should give a valid identification card that can be collected at the exit.


In late 1981, the Iranian government brought together all military industrial units and placed them under the Defense Industries Organization (DIO).[2] By 1984, a large number of infantry rifles, machine guns, and mortars and some small-arms ammunition were being manufactured locally. They also established three universities to educate experts for Iran's industrial and research centers: Imam Hossein University, Baqiyatallah Medical Sciences University, and Malek-Ashtar University. Malek Ashtar University of Technology was approved in 1984 by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. It was then recognized as a university in 1984.[1]


MUT had only one campus in Shahinshahr, Isfahan. In 1999, another campus was established in Tehran and known as main compus.[3] Its faculties include aerospace engineering, applied sciences, electrical engineering, management and industrial engineering, marine sciences and engineering, materials and manufacturing technologies and information, communications and security technologies, and rector as of 2006.[1][4]


Aerospace Research[edit]

Malek Ashtar University of Technology is among top five public universities in Iran that provide aerospace research and programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. (These universities includes K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Sharif University of Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology, and Malek-Ashtar University of Technology. The Sharif University of Technology was the first university with an Aerospace Engineering degree since 1987. The K.N. Toosi University of Technology offered Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering in a joint program with Moscow State Aviation Technological University in Russia.[5]

In 2003, Iranian Space Agency was established in an uninhabited desert area in Semnan Province, southeast of Tehran. The Aerospace Research Institute affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology is active organization in the space science and technology applications. Five public universities, one private university (Azad University Science and Research Branch), and one college (Civil Aviation Technology College) provide higher education and research in aerospace engineering.[6]

Since the 1990s, Iran started to develop a launch vehicle based on Shahab-3. The Iran Space Research Center started testing launch capabilities since early 2007 reaching 150–200 km altitude based on Shahab-3 series. In 2008, they developed a two-stage launch vehicle Safir-1. In 2009, they launched a satellite named Omid into orbit using the domestically built launch vehicle Safir-2.[6]

Biological Research[edit]

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report on the biological activities in Iran, genetic cloning is being carried out at the Malek Ashtar University of Technology.[4][7][8] The Iran's activities about biological weapons began in 1985. By 1986, they established a research center in Tehran's Pasteur Institute to work on toxic fungus and microbial substances. The center succeeded in producing toxic fungus, and aflatoxin. In 1987, they moved the facilities to the Imam Hossein University.[8]

A number of foreign experts from China, North Korea, India, and Russia have cooperated with the Ministry of Defense of Iran.[9] The Research Center for Direct Biotechnology, which does not directly work on microbial weapons, is used as the center for biological researches and actively works with the Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Imam Hossein University, and Baqiyatallah Medical Sciences University.[8][10] However, the Centers for Science and Technological Growth of the Biological Research Center of the Malek-Ashtar University of Technology, affiliated with the defense industries, are in charge of mass production of biological weapons.[9]

Chemical Research[edit]

According to Iranian opposition groups, Malek Ashtar University of Technology uses the center for chemical research and chemical engineering located in west of Tehran for a joint study with Imam Hossein University.[11] The opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (affiliated with People's Mujahedin of Iran, a.k.a. MKO) has claimed that since 1999, Imam Hossein University has been involved in chemical research in a much larger scale. One of groups linked to this university produces a significant amount of nerve gas in liquid, vapor, and powder form.[11] According to the opposition group, Sina Industry (Vira Laboratories) with more than 4,000 employees is another Organization run by the Defense Ministry. It is involved in producing chemical products. The Parchin Chemical Industries located in south of Tehran, is another center of chemical products. Another complex manufacturer near the city of Semnan is also engaged in producing nerve gas.[11]

However, besides the opposition claims, Iran is not known to possess chemical weapons. Iran is a signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans chemical weapons, delivery systems, and production facilities.[12] Iran has reiterated its commitment to the CWC and its full support for the work of the OPCW, in particular in view of the considerable suffering these weapons have caused to the Iranian people.[13] Iran has not made any declaration of a weapons stockpile under the treaty.[14]


Schools and Colleges[edit]

The main campus located in Tehran include:[1]

  • Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Complex
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Complex
  • Management and Industrial Engineering Complex
  • Communications and Security Technologies Complex
  • Modern Sciences and Technologies Complex
  • Non-factor Defense Institute
  • Aerospace Department

Isfahan campus include:[1][15]

  • Applied Sciences Complex
  • Marine Science and Technology Complex
  • School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Material Engineering
  • School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • School of Industrial Engineering
  • School of Marine Science and Engineering

MUT has two library in Isfahan and Tehran campuses, Dr Chamran library and Khawrazmi library in order.

The university also co-operates with several independent research centers. Among those:[2][4][8][16]


Admission in MUT is highly competitive and only top students may achieve this honor and all undergraduate and graduate programs requires scoring among top 1% of students in the Iranian University Entrance Exam, known as Concours (from the French; Konkoor, Konkour, and Konkur are transliterations of the Persian).


According to Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics policy there is no reliable source of MUT's researches, citations, teaching and industry income for international ranking systems.

Student Life[edit]

Residental Life[edit]

In addition to the sports teams, fraternities, sororities, and study clubs, there are many organizations on campus that focus on entertainment, arts, and culture.[17][18]

Groups and Activities[edit]

MUT has many scientific societies include:[3]

  • Language Scientific Society
  • Physics Scientific Society
  • Chemistry Scientific Society
  • Password and Encryption Scientific Society
  • Astronomy Scientific Society
  • Marine Engineering Scientific Society
  • Materials Engineering Scientific Society
  • Scientific Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • Scientific Society of Aerospace Engineering
  • Scientific Society of Optical Engineering
  • Information Technology Scientific Society
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Scientific Society

The Materials Engineering Scientific Society selected as the best national scientific Society by Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in 2009, 2010 and 2011.[3] Also, MUT Physics Scientific Society was honored in Harkat National Festival and selected as a 3rd center of excellence in Iran Scientific Society of Physics.[3]


MUT students compete in club and intramural sports, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis and ping pong. A wide variety of sports facilities are available at Malek Ashtar University of Technology. The Sports and Recreation Center serves various facilities and fields throughout both Isfahan and Tehran campuses to athletic teams.[18]

Faculty and Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  17. ^ "Health Office;". October 2, 2015. 
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