Shahid Beheshti University

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Shahid Beheshti University (SBU)
دانشگاه شهید بهشتی
Dāneshgāh-e Shahid Beheshti
Type Public
Established 1959
Endowment US$ 78.67 million
(December 10, 2014)[1]
Chancellor Hassan Sadough
Students 17067
Undergraduates 7507
Postgraduates 9560
Location IranTehran, Tehran province, Iran
35°48′08″N 51°23′36″E / 35.80222°N 51.39333°E / 35.80222; 51.39333Coordinates: 35°48′08″N 51°23′36″E / 35.80222°N 51.39333°E / 35.80222; 51.39333
Campus Urban
Website (English)

Shahid Beheshti University is a university in Iran. Established in 1959 as the National University of Iran (NUI), the university started in 1960 with 174 students in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Faculty of Banking and Economics. The first Master's course at SBU was offered in the Faculty of Architecture in 1961, while the first Ph.D. program was introduced in the Faculty of Economics in 1991. The university's name was changed during the Cultural Revolution in Iranian universities, 1980-82.

Today, there are 69 programs at Bachelor's, 208 at Master's and 136 at Ph.D. levels. By 1978 several other faculties became active i.e.the faculties of Literature and Human Sciences, Basic Sciences, Law, Earth Sciences, Statistics and Informatics and Education and Psychology.


Shahid Beheshti University was founded as the National University of Iran in 1959 by Ali Sheikholislam, the first private university in Iran. The university was planned to be devoted to graduate studies. At its opening, it consisted of two schools: Architecture and Urban Planning, and Banking and Economics, with 174 students. Soon the School of Literature and Foreign Languages began in downtown Tehran. The first graduate academic degree program was the Master's course in the School of Architecture, launched in 1961. In 1962, a new main campus was built in Evin, a suburb in the north of Tehran. Academic offerings expanded as facilities were added. The first PhD course was offered in the School of Economics in 1991.

Under royal auspices, the university library began to acquire important collections in the field of Oriental studies and literary classics in French and German. During that period, the university library ranked in importance second in the country only to Aryamehr (later Sharif) University of Technology.

In spring 2013, Power and Water University of Technology (PWUT) was merged into Shahid Beheshti University.


Main campus[edit]

The main campus is in Evin District and extends into Velenjak District in northwestern Tehran, Iran, on approximately one million square meters.

Due to an academic reform in 1986 the medical schools were separated from the main universities and became Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences working under the purview of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Abbaspour College of Engineering and Technology[edit]

The Abbaspour College of Engineering and Technology (ex-Power and Water University of Technology)[2] is on East Vafadar Blvd., Tehranpars, P.O. Box 16765-1719, 1658953571, Tehran


Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
School of Biological Sciences in Shahid Beheshti University in Iran, Tehran.
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Genetics
    • Department of Marine Biology
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Plant Sciences
    • Department of Zoology
  • Faculty of Economics & Political Sciences
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Energy Sciences & Modern Technologies
    • Department of Aeronautics
    • Department of Biotechnology
    • Department of Energy
    • Department of Nanotechnology
    • Department of Cellulose and Paper sciences
  • Faculty of earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
    • Department of Criminology & Criminal Law
    • Department of Intellectual Property
    • Department of International Trade Law
    • Department of Economic Law
    • Department of Environmental Law
    • Department of Human Rights
    • Department of International Law
    • Department of Private Law
    • Department of Public Law
  • Faculty of Literature & Human Sciences
    • Department of Linguistics and Literature
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of History
    • Department of Archaeology
    • Department of Sociology
    • Institute of Iranology
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Computer Sciences
  • Faculty of Nuclear Engineering
    • Department of Applied Radiation
    • Department of Fuel-Recycling
    • Department of Radiology (Medical Radiation)
  • Faculty of Physical Education & Sport Sciences
  • Faculty of Psychology and Education
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Behavioral Studies & Advising
    • Department of Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Physics
  • Faculty of Civil &Water & Environmental Engineering
    • Department of Water Resources Engineering
    • Department of Water and Wastewater Engineering
    • Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
    • Department of Environmental Engineering

Research centers[edit]

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a graduate of the School of Architecture, the last prime minister in modern Iranian history, and the leader of the Green Movement
  • Hashem Aghajari, a professor of history who was sentenced to death by the Islamic regime of Iran in 2002 on account of his anti-clerical remarks; after nationwide demonstrations by students his life was spared
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar, the first female vice president in Iranian history
  • Abbas Milani, former professor of political science, now director of Hoover Institution and professor of Iranian Studies at Stanford University
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, philosopher, served as chancellor of the university in the mid-1970s
  • Mohsen Sazegara, former government official, political activist. Earned his master's degree in history from the university
  • Saeed Laylaz, economist and journalist
  • Leila Araghian, architect

World rankings[edit]

  • Category B++
  • Article 64.80
  • Citation 63.34
  • Total documents 30.59
  • JIT 54.25
  • JCIT 45.11
  • Collaboration 45.32
  • Total 303.42[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Financial information=December 10 2014". 
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  3. ^ "University Ranking by Academic Performance". None. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 

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