University of Guilan

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University of Guilan
دانشگاه گيلان
Other name
Motto "Stay Scientific, Stay Green"
Type Public
Established 1974
Affiliation Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (Iran)
Chancellor Dr. Ahmad Razi [1]
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Farhad Shirini
Academic staff
Around 650
Students 18000
Location Rasht, Guilan, Iran
Campus Multiple sites
Language Persian, English

The University of Guilan (Persian: دانشگاه گیلان) is an institute of higher education and graduate studies located in Rasht, a large city in the province of Guilan, in Northern Iran, bordering the Caspian Sea.

It has nearly 18,000 students enrolled.


The university was founded in 1974 as a collaborative effort between Iran and West Germany. It began with 170 students and 10 faculty members in faculty of engineering and faculty of literature, offering courses such as Civil Engineering and German Literature. Currently, the University of Guilan offers degrees in 55 fields for Bachelors, 35 fields for Masters, and seven fields for PhD studies. It is the largest university in the province.

The institute has a department in Caspian Sea studies.

The Caspian Journal of Environmental Sciences is published semi-annually as official publication of AUCRS (Association of Universities of Caspian Region States), which is published by University of Guilan, Iran. There are several other journals published in English or Persian languages by the University of Guilan.

There is a wide range of courses offered in the faculties of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Agriculture, Humanities, Physical Education, Natural Resources, and the College of Art and Architecture. More than 112 courses are on offer in 35 departments leading to B.Sc., M.Sc., B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

With nearly 650 faculty members, nine faculties and three research centers, all in a very large campus as well as some other places in Guilan province, the University of Guilan is recognized as the largest and one of the most premier academic institutions in Northern Iran.[2] There are nearly 18000 students in 112 fields of study, including undergraduate, postgraduate and research scholars. The university is spread over four campuses with a total area of about 3 km2. The University of Guilan was founded in 1975 and started its academic activities two years later with 120 students in the departments of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry and German Literature.

Recognizable Faculty Members and Honors[edit]

There are several active and recognizable scientific faces in the University of Guilan; at least three of them are known as premier scientists within the 1 percent of the world most pioneer scientists in development of advanced sciences. In addition, there are several of its graduate students who are now studying in worldwide high rank universities; although many students prefer to stay at the University of Guilan for graduate studies. A number of scientific and books have been published during the last decades and several internationally and nationally credible journals are published by the University of Guilan Press.


The University of Guilan is spread over four campuses housing nine faculties, as well as an International Campus and some research centers. Main faculties are:

  • Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural Resources
  • Faculty of Physical education
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology (East of Guilan)

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