Tehran University of Medical Sciences

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Coordinates: 35°44′54″N 51°22′52″E / 35.748271°N 51.381222°E / 35.748271; 51.381222

Tehran University of Medical Sciences
دانشگاه علوم پزشکی و خدمات بهداشتی درمانی تهران
Tums logo.jpg
Motto in English
The way to the future
Established 1934
Type Public
President Dr. Ali Jafarian
Academic staff
Students 14440
Location Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Campus Urban
Website www.tums.ac.ir

Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) (Persian: دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران‎) is the largest, "most distinguished",[1] and most highly ranked[2][3] medical school of Iran. In September 2008, the health minister of Iran (Dr. Lankarani) called TUMS a pioneer in research throughout the country with a noticeable lead over its counterpart (peer) universities.[4]

Faculty of medicine
Faculty of pharmacy
Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center (HORCSCT)
Chemical abstract library of pharmacy faculty
A view of the university's main campus (Winter)
Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center (HORCSCT)
Graduation ceremony
Collection of Iranian traditional medicinal plants in pharmacy faculty
Imam Khomeini hospital
Exceptional talents ceremony
Sara hostel in Kish Island

Located in Tehran adjacent to the main University of Tehran campus, it was founded as part of Dar ol-Fonoon, and later absorbed into Tehran University in 1934. It finally separated from Tehran University by parliamentary legislation in 1986, coming under the new Ministry of Health and Medical Education.[5]

TUMS is ranked as one of Iran's top research universities, with an annual research budget of over 300 billion Rials from the government. The school trains over 13,000 students (40% of whom are women) in over 80 postgraduate programs. The school operates 15 teaching hospitals, is equipped with over 40 libraries, and publishes 34 journals, some in collaboration with academic societies.

The university operates The National Museum of Medical Sciences History as well. TUMS is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities (ASIC UK)


  1. Taleghani
  2. Shahid Abedini
  3. Dr. Amini
  4. BooAbi
  5. Isar
  6. 13 aban
  7. Sina
  8. Imam Khomeini hospital
  9. Dr. Shari'ati hospital
  10. Razi hospital
  11. Children Hospital
  12. Subspecialty of 13 Aban

Research centers[7][edit]

Iran has recently achieved the highest science and technology growth rate in the world.[8] Tehran University of Medical Sciences has the largest network of research in medical sciences. Beside the researches done in departments of its faculties, it is now handling 38 research centers in Iran, some of them listed below. More than one third of science production in Iran takes place in TUMS.

International campus[edit]

In 2006, a group of professors and researchers established the International Campus of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS-IC). Their main goal was to break new ground in education excellence in the medical fields with an international outlook. Of the over 18,000 students studying at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, there are 781 students enrolled at the International Campus. The current class is matched into the following specialties: 367 in Medicine, 191 in Dentistry, and 148 in Pharmacy. There are 75 students at Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels who study in Nutrition and Public Health programs.

In 2012, the vice-chancellor office for International Affairs and Global Strategies was created and Dr. Ali Arab Kheradmand became the vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Global Strategies. This year, of 45,000 applicants, 150 students will join the International Campus. Sub-specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ali Arab Kheradmand the president of the International Campus since its foundation in 2006, is the new vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Global Strategies.


TUMS has well-established admissions processes for students. Iranian students must submit the results of their National Exam, also known as “concours,” and have a successful interview with the members of the Selection Committee. International students, after having completed an online application form for international admissions, submit their education documents, copy of previous educational degree(s), English proficiency documents, letters of recommendation, letter of motivation, résumé or C.V., passport-size photograph, and a copy of passport’s main pages. The Admissions Committee evaluates the qualifications of each student profile and has final authority to admit students.

Students have access to a Scholarship Committee.

Student body[edit]

As of February, 2012, about 150 international students are enrolled at TUMS-IC. The coed student body brings together the heritage and culture of 65 nations. The school trains over 19,408 students (40% of which are women) in over 172 postgraduate programs. Teaching the medical sciences can have implications for cultural values and faith-based beliefs. To respect all values and beliefs, the curriculum, classroom teaching, and the student housing centers are adapted for a culturally diverse student and faculty population. Upon their graduation, students will practice medicine in every part of the world. To prepare them, the school offers an education experience and curriculum.


Tehran University of Medical Sciences is ranked the first among Iranian Medical Sciences Universities by Ministry of Health for seven continuous years. International ranking of Tehran University of Medical Sciencesis in recent years is as follows:

  • Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Ranking[9]
    • September, 2010: All Fields: 1555, Clinical Medicine: 1136, Pharmacology & Toxicology: 361
    • September, 2009: All Fields: 1745, Clinical Medicine: 1879
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU/Shanghai Ranking)[10]
    • 2009: International rank : 402-501
  • QS World University Rankings[11]
    • 2010: International rank: 401-450, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 257
  • Times higher education ( In association with QS )[11]
    • 2009: International rank: 368, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 298
    • 2008: International rank: 401-500
    • 2007: International rank: 539, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 410
  • SCImago rankings[12]
    • 2009: International rank: 1172
  • National ranking[13]
    • 2009: National rank: 1
    • 2008: National rank: 1
    • 2007: National rank: 1
    • 2006: National rank: 1
    • 2005: National rank: 1
    • 2004: National rank: 1
    • 2003: National rank: 1

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

TUMS has trained many distinguished national and international physicians and scientists. Among the best-known graduates of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Mohammad Gharib the father of Iranian pediatrics, Moslem Bahadori, Abbas Shafiee notable pharmaceutical chemist, Yahya Dowlati, Mohammad-Reza Zarrindast, Ahmad Reza Dehpour, Fereydoun Davatchi, Reza Malekzadeh and many others could be named. See the list of University of Tehran people.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ درباره دانشگاه
  2. ^ Pezeshk.us | رتبه بندي آموزشي دانشگاه ها و دانشكده هاي گروه پزشکی ايران (1- دانشکده های پزشکی)
  3. ^ Ranking Universities of the Islamic World Website. Islamic World Science Citation Center, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Visited on November 16th, 2014.
  4. ^ http://publicrelations.tums.ac.ir/english/news/detail.asp?newsID=8787
  5. ^ History of the University of Tehran
  6. ^ http://pharmacy.tums.ac.ir/fa/related_pharmacies/Default.aspx
  7. ^ http://publicrelations.tums.ac.ir/english/content/?contentID=127
  8. ^ International rankings of Iran#Science and technology
  9. ^ http://esi.isiknowledge.com/home.cgi
  10. ^ http://www.arwu.org
  11. ^ a b http://www.topuniversities.com/university/1089/university-of-tehran
  12. ^ http://www.scimagoir.com/pdf/sir_2009_world_report.pdf
  13. ^ http://hbi.ir/page.php?slct_pg_id=369&sid=17&slc_lang=fa

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