Payame Noor University

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Payame Noor University
دانشگاه پیام نور
Dāneshgāh-e Payām-e Nūr
Motto تحصیل برای همه، هر کجا و هر زمان
Motto in English
Education for all, anywhere and anytime
Established 1987
Type Public, conventional, semi-conventional, open university[1]
Chancellor Abolfazl Farahani[2]
Vice-Chancellor Abdollah Motamedi
Academic staff
1,345 [3]
Students 1,101,182[4] total
Location Tehran, Tehran, IranIran
35°48′3″N 51°30′9″E / 35.80083°N 51.50250°E / 35.80083; 51.50250Coordinates: 35°48′3″N 51°30′9″E / 35.80083°N 51.50250°E / 35.80083; 51.50250
Campus Urban
Athletics ? teams
Colours      Light blue

Payame Noor University is a public university and one of the largest universities in Iran, with its headquarters based in Tehran, 31 provincial centers, 485 local study centers, other campuses all around the country, and one International Study Center located in the headquarters in Tehran. Established in 1988, is a legal body under the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.

PNU took its first intake at 5 study fields at 28 local study centers. Presently, the university has 3,500 academic members and 1,101,182 national and international students.

Its name means "The message of Light" in Persian.


Payam e Noor University of Shiraz

Payam-e Noor University (Payame Noor University = Payam Noor University) is one of the largest universities in IRAN, whose name means "The message of Light" in Persian. It was established by decisions based on the meetings (No. 94 & 97) in 1986 by SCCR (Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution of Iran) and actually accepted the first group of students in Mehr 1367 (September 1987). After the founding of the university, it began its educational activities by accepting the first group of students in five branches and in the remaining 28 centers of the University of Abu Rayhan and Iran Free University. The development of new branches and departments came from the people and local aids and provided by the board founder.

One of the pillars of the scientific development of the country is expanding education, which result social development along with the blossoming of talents, and prepare human creativities. Conventional and current training alone is not sufficient to establish this important point. So new methods of education and training programs, such as training contents, open, remote or virtual education, to achieve development objectives, is necessary.


Undergraduate Course[edit]

Bachelor's degree Programs


  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration

Social Culture

  • Education (Management of Curriculum Planning)
  • English Language Translation
  • General Psychology
  • Geography (Rural Geography)
  • Law
  • Library Sciences
  • Persian Language and Persian Literature
  • Social Sciences (Research)
  • Statistics
  • Theology and Islamic Studies (Jurisprudence and Basics of Islamic Laws)


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Executive Management Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Project Management Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Robotic
  • Urban Planning

Post graduate Course[edit]

Master's Degree Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Education (Curriculum Planning)
  • English Language Teaching
  • Chemistry (Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical)
  • Ethics (Philosophy of Ethics and Ethical Philosophy)
  • Executive Administration
  • General Linguistics
  • General Psychology
  • Geography (Rural Planning)
  • Geography (Urban Planning)
  • Mathematics (Applied and Pure)
  • Nahj-ol-Balagheh Studies (Fundamentals of Religion and Islamic Studies)
  • Persian Language and Persian Literature
  • Persian Language Teaching
  • Law (International, Private, Penal and Criminology)
  • Public Administration
  • Social Sciences (Sociology)
  • Theology and Islamic Studies (Koranic Sciences and Hadith, Jurisprudence and Basics of Islamic Laws, Philosophy and Islamic Speech)
  • Theoretical Physics
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology

Ph.D Course[edit]

Ph.D Degree Programs

  • Health Psychology
  • Accountancy
  • Chemistry
  • Distance Education Planning
  • English Language Teaching (TEFL)
  • General Linguistics
  • Geography
  • International Law
  • Persian Language and Literature
  • Physical Education (Management) Planning

International Students[edit]

International Student information[edit]

In 1990, the Faculty of Overseas of PNU was established to meet the demands of new categories of applicants for Persian Language and Literature programs of study worldwide at Bachelor, Master and specialized Ph.D Degree Levels. The aims of these programs are the development of the rich culture and literature of Iran among Iranians. Nationals of other countries, too, will be able to have a better understanding of the depth of the Iranian manner of thinking, culture and art through the Persian Language and Literature programs.

In the new organization of the university, the Faculty of Overseas is replaced by the International Study Center. This implies that the Center is authorized to offer all the degree programs of PNU. These programs are correspondence courses, which heavily rely on textbooks. The language of instruction is Persian. Currently, the Center has 1182 students admitted through encompassing different Degree Programs in 55 countries.


Since it is impossible for most international students to enroll and take part in the National University Entrance Exam, the International Study Center provides opportunities for students to continue their studies through encompassing degree programs at three levels of Bachelor, Master and Ph.D.

International applicants will be admitted at this university on the basis of their high school GPA or their encompassing programs exams results. This center also enrolls students provisionally on the basis of their secondary school or their bachelor's degree GPA at two levels of Bachelor and master's degrees subsequently. The final exams of students of the Center are administered by the assistance of the Iranian consulates and embassies around the world. Having acquired necessary scores at the exams of encompassing semester (first semester), and having high educational background at university or high school levels with high GPA, the encompassing students will become regular students.

Language courses for non-Persian[edit]

The following Persian basic language courses are launched for non-Iranian nationals worldwide:

Level Duration
Basic Persian 4 months
Advanced Persian 4 months
Academic Persian 4 months


Iranian universities faced criticism in early 2007 about their treatment of Bahá'í students. Although religious identification has been removed from entrance exam papers, students are reportedly being expelled once their religion is discovered.[5][6]

The controversy specifically focused on Payame Noor when an official university letter[7] confirmed the expulsion as government policy.[8] Over 30 Baha'i students have been expelled under the policy.[9]

Additionally, in 2008, the university declared that Arabic will be the "second language" of the university, and that all its services will be offered in Arabic, concurrent with Persian.[10] (See Iranian Arabs).

Departments and Faculty[edit]

Department and Faculty of Humanities[edit]

  • Dean: Dkosari

Department and Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences[edit]

  • Dean: Dr. Mohammad Taghi Amini - Academic Position: Assistant Professor

Department and Faculty of Engineering[edit]

  • Dean: Dr. Hassan Fallah - Academic Position: Assistant Professor

Department and Faculty of Agricultural Sciences[edit]

  • Dean: Dr. Mohsen Shookat Fadaee - Academic Position: Associate Professor

Department and Faculty of Basic Sciences[edit]

  • Dean: Prof. Seyed Ahmad Mirshokraie - Academic Position: Professor

Department and Faculty of Art and Media[edit]

  • Dean: Dr. Hooshang Khosrobeigi - Academic Position: Assistant Professor

Department and Faculty of Theology and Islamic Sciences[edit]

  • Dean: Dr. Mo'meni

See also[edit]


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