Shahid Beheshti University

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Shahid Beheshti University (SBU)
دانشگاه شهید بهشتی
Dāneshgāh-e Shahid Beheshti
Established 1959
Type Public
Endowment US$ 78.67 million
(December 10, 2014)[1]
Chancellor Mohammad Mehdi Tehranchi
Academic staff
Students 11,547
Undergraduates 6,763
Postgraduates 4,784
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 one of the most prestigious universities in Iran. Established in 1959 as the National University of Iran (NUI), the university started its academic life in 1960 with 174 students in two faculties: Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, and 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 more than 70 programs at Master's and over 30 at Ph.D. levels. Development of new facilities in the main campus paved the way for increased academic activities, so that by 1978 several other faculties became active at SBU, e.g. Faculties of Literature and Human Sciences, Basic Sciences, Law, Earth Sciences, Statistics and Informatics and Education and Psychology.

SBU combines the tradition of a classical university with the dynamic character of a modern and interdisciplinary scientific enterprise. Since 1990, the university has placed more emphasis on postgraduate, in particular PhD, and research programs, while still aiming to enhance the quality of its well-established undergraduate courses.

Students at the university are inspired by an outstanding and rewarding academic environment not only in Iran but in the region. The University and the members of the academia are at the forefront of world research in many fields and the teaching is informed by the very latest developments in each discipline. It is almost always ranked among best universities in Iran in national and international rankings. At the moment (in 2006-2007), there are 6763 BA/BSc, 4120 MA/MSc and 664 PhD students studying at the university.


Shahid Beheshti University was founded as the National University of Iran in 1959 by Dr. Ali Sheikholislam only to be the first private university in Iran. The university was originally planned to be devoted to graduate studies. At its opening, it consisted of two schools, Architecture and Urban Planning and Banking and Economics, with just 174 students in total. Soon the School of Literature and Foreign Languages began its life 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.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, the university was home mainly to students coming from well-to-do families of Tehran. However, from the mid-1970s onwards, students from plebeian families in Tehran and other Iranian provincial cities began to infiltrate the student body of the university. Under royal auspices, the university library began to acquire some of the most 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 2013 spring, power and water university of technology (pwut) was merged into the Shahid Beheshti University the ministry of science new policies. As a result, the former PWUT became a part of the Shahid Beheshti University.


  • Campus no. 2:

It is located in Evin District and extends into Velenjak District in northwestern Tehran, Iran, on a main campus of approximately one million square meters. The university was founded in 1959. 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 within the purview of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.


Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Telecommunication
    • Department of Electronics
    • Department of Power
  • Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering
    • Department of Software Engineering & Information Technology
    • Department of Artificial Intelligence
    • Department of Computer Architecture and Network
  • Faculty of Architecture & Urban Engineering
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Construction
    • Department of Design
    • Department for History of Architecture and Preservation
    • Department of Reconstruction
    • Department of Urban Planning
  • Faculty of Business & Management
    • Department of Public Management
    • Department of Business Management
    • Department of Commercial Management
    • Department of Financial Management
    • Department of Industrial Management
    • Department of Entrepreneurial Management
    • Institute for Research
  • Faculty of Biological 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 Geological 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

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, but after nationwide demonstrations by Iranian 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

World Rankings[edit]

[3] World Ranking 851
Category B++
Article 64.80
Citation 63.34
Total Document 30.59
JIT 54.25
JCIT 45.11
Collaboration 45.32
Total 303.42

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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