University of Tabriz

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University of Tabriz
دانشگاه تبريز
Dāneshgāh-e Tabriz
University of tabriz vector blue org.svg
Former names
University of Azarabadeghan (1947–1979)
  • تزکيه و تعليم
Motto in English
Refinements and Education
Established1947; 75 years ago (1947)
EndowmentUS$ 384.3 million
(December 10, 2021)[1]
ChancellorSafar Nasrollahzadeh[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff

38°03′49″N 46°19′43″E / 38.06361°N 46.32861°E / 38.06361; 46.32861Coordinates: 38°03′49″N 46°19′43″E / 38.06361°N 46.32861°E / 38.06361; 46.32861
CampusUrban, 1,445 acres (2.3 sq mi; 584.8 ha) land and 80 acres (32 ha) buildings and offices
Colors    Navy blue, white, black
publication banner of university of Tabriz

The University of Tabriz (Persian: دانشگاه تبريز, Danushgah-e Tebriz) is a public university located in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. It is one of the top five high-ranked universities in Iran and one of the ten most selective universities in the country. The University of Tabriz is the second-oldest university in Iran after the University of Tehran, and has the second largest campus area in the country which is the biggest academic institution in northwest of the country. The university is also a member of the Caucasus University Association.[5]

Today, Funding for the University of Tabriz is provided by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Admission to the university for Iranian applicants is through national entrance examination which is administered annually by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and for international applicants through some exclusive regulations.


1945, Azarbaijan University (now University of Tabriz)
University of Tabriz, medical faculty, 1947
The main gate of University
Thesis of University of Tabriz, 1974
Professors & Students in University of Tabriz, 1976

The history of the higher education in Tabriz, well known for being a cradle of civilization for centuries, goes back to 720 years ago when the Rab' l-Rashidi international complex was founded. Inheriting this background, the University of Tabriz, founded in 1947, is the second oldest university in Iran.[6] The university started its activities under the name of the University of Azarabadegan with Faculties of Medicine, Agriculture, and Pedagogy in 1946, after legislation of the Establishment of the Universities in the Cities act by the National Parliament of Iran. The University of Azarabadegan was renamed as the University of Tabriz following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In 1985 and following the approval of Islamic parliament all the faculties and centers affiliated to medical sciences in Iran were separated and started their work independently under the title of medical universities. Thereafter, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences was separated from the University of Tabriz and continued its activities under the supervision of the ministry of health and medical education.[7]

Academic profile[edit]

It is now educating more than 24,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with over 800 academic staff of whom about 750 are Ph.D. holders. Out of this teaching staff, 195 are full professors, 315 are associate professors, 270 are assistant professors and the remaining are instructors. A body of over 1,000 personnel is supporting academic activities. Today, the university provides both undergraduate and graduate programs in 22 main departments. The student body consists of about 14,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students from all over the country.[8]

University entrance exam[edit]

Undergraduate admission to the University of Tabriz is limited to the top 3 percent of students who pass the national entrance examination administered annually by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. For some competitive fields, it has to be between 1 percent. The participants of this exam must answer the questions of physics, mathematics and chemistry well in order to get admission. The master and doctorate exams are similar and the participants answer the specialized questions of their fields.[9]


The university is known to be strict and usually, the grade point average (GPA) of students is lower than their peers in other Iranian universities. Also the university has its own rules for grading(GPA), which is different from the system of most universities in the world. University of Tabriz is well known as a tough university with a low GPA especially in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering. As such, many students of University of Tabriz believe their grades do not reflect their academic performance.[10]

Education and research[edit]

University of Tabriz has several research centers, including Center of Excellence in Mechatronics Systems, Center for Applied Physics and Astronomical Research, Biotechnology Center for Pharmaceutical Herbs, Research Center for Fundamental Sciences, Geographic Research Center, Three-Scholars Research Center (Se-Allameh Tabrizi), Center for Social Research, Center for History and Culture as well as Khaje-Nasireddin Toosi Observatory.

Statistics of researches[edit]

Based on the online statistics of the scientific measurement and ranking department of the university, CIVILICA database, which announces the number of articles produced in conferences in Iran, University of Tabriz with approximately 22,900 national articles and 19,600 international articles, It ranks 6th among the country's public universities in terms of the number of articles, journals and conferences.[11]

City of Tabriz


The University of Tabriz has its main campus in Tabriz, as well as three other satellite campuses, Aras International Campus, Miyaneh Technical College, and Marand Technical College, which in total area make up the second largest campus after Isfahan University of Technology in Iran.[12]

  • Main Campus in Tabriz
  • Aras International Campus
  • Miyaneh Technical College
  • Marand Technical College

Also, University of Tabriz is the helper of universities in the northwest of Iran and supports and establishes schools in different cities. Mohaghegh Ardabili University, University of Maragheh and University of Bonab have branched from this university.[13]

The Planetarium of University of Tabriz
The Central Library of University of Tabriz

Faculties and Colleges[edit]

The Park of University of Tabriz
The Tower of University of Tabriz
The Portal of University of Tabriz
The Aerial Photo of University of Tabriz
  • Ahar Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Planning and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics, Management & Business
  • Faculty of Education & Psychology
  • Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering – Emerging Technologies
  • Faculty of Law & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Persian & Foreign Languages
  • Faculty of Physical Education & Sports Science
  • Faculty of Physics[14]

World rankings[edit]

University rankings
University of Tabriz
Global – Overall
ARWU World[15]901-1000 (2022)
CWUR World[16]994 (2021)
CWTS World[17]463 (2022)
QS World[18]_ (2022)
RUR World[19]501 (2021)
THE World[20]601-800 (2022)
USNWR Global[21]684 (2022)

In 2021, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities(NTU Ranking) ranked University of Tabriz 701-750th in the world.[22] On 15 December 2021, University Ranking by Academic Performance(URAP) ranked University of Tabriz 589th in the world.[23] The 2022 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking ranked it 684th in the category "Best Global Universities", with a score of 47.1.[24] Based on SCImago Institutions Rankings, University of Tabriz's overall rank is 631st in the world in 2022.[25]

Ranking in Iran[edit]

University of Tabriz is always a top 10 university in Iran and was ranked 5th among the comprehensive universities. Sixteen faculty members were among one percent top scientists of the world in 2021. Based on Thomson Reuters, it was included among the most influential universities in the world and ranked 4th among Iranian comprehensive universities.[26]

Subject ranking[edit]

U.S. News & World Report in 2022[27]

Subject World Ranking
Civil Engineering 39
Mechanical Engineering 77
Energy and Fuels 93
Engineering 134
Agricultural Sciences 171
Chemical Engineering 184
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 208
Optics 248
Chemistry 396
Materials Science 460
Environment and Ecology 469
Plant and Animal Science 480
Physical Chemistry 489

Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2022 [28]

Subject World Ranking Ranking in Iran
Engineering and Technology 201-250 2
Computer Science 501-600 7
Life sciences 401-500 1
Clinical and Health 501-600 11
Physical sciences 501-600 10

Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2022 [29]

Subject World Ranking
Water Resources 51-75
Instrument Science and Technology 101-150
Food Science and Technology 101-150
Mechanical Engineering 151-200
Civil Engineering 151-200
Chemical Engineering 301-400
Energy Scinece and Engineering 301-400
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 401-500


Due to its research work, the university is recognised as a Center of Excellence for six fields: Geographical Studies of Northwest Iran; Biology; Mechatronics; Molecular Plant Breeding; New Materials and Clean Chemistry; and Photonics and Plasma. Several research centres are housed on campus, including the Centre of Excellence in Mechatronics Systems, the Centre for Applied Physics and Astronomical Research, and the Biotechnology Centre for Pharmaceutical Herbs.[12]

  • Center of Excellence in Mechatronics Systems
  • Applied Physics and Astronomy
  • Fundamental Science
  • Geography
  • Iranian History and Culture
  • Islamic & Humanity Science
  • Social Science
  • Environment

International collaboration[edit]

University of Tabriz has an active role in international associations, e.g. International Universities Council (IUC), Eurasian Silk Road Universities Consortium (ESRUC), and Association of Caucasian Universities (KUNIB). Furthermore, University of Tabriz was the full member of the Administrative Board of International Association of Universities (IAU) from 2008 to 2012. Moreover, it has signed 90 MOU with different universities in the world to conduct joint programs. [30]

In the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2022 (in indicator of international collaboration), University of Tabriz ranked 581st of the world and 8th of Iran.[31] The number of international students in university of Tabriz is over 1100 people.[32]

University notables[edit]


The Dormitory of University of Tabriz
The Garden of University of Tabriz
The Flowers of University of Tabriz
The Tountain of University of Tabriz
Chancellor Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Khanbaba Bayani 1947–1950 France Sorbonne Literature
Manouchehr Eghbal 1950–1952 France Académie Nationale de Médecine Medicine
Seyyed Mohammad Sajjadi 1952 France Académie Nationale de Médecine Law
Mohsen Hashtroodi 1952–1953 France Sorbonne Mathematics
Nasser-Gholi Ardalan 1953 Belgium Université Libre de Bruxelles Law
Mohammad-Shafi Amin 1953–1956 Iran University of Tehran Medicine
Abass-Gholi Golshaiyan 1956–1957 Iran Dar ul-Funun Law
Gholam-Ali Bazargan-Dilmaqani 1957–1964 Iran University of Tehran Sciences
Mohammad-Ali Saffari 1964–1967 Russia Military University of Russia Military Academy
Taqi Sarlak 1967 Sweden and Belgium Mechanical Engineering
Houshang Montaseri 1967–1968 France University of Strasbourg Mathematics
Manouchehr Taslimi 1968–1972 United Kingdom University College London Philosophy
Aliakbar Hassanzadeh 1972 Iran University of Tehran Medicine
Hamid Zahedi 1972–1975 Law
Mohammad-Ali Faqih 1975–1977 Literature
Manouchehr Mortazavi 1977–1978 Iran University of Tehran Literature
Ghobad Fathi 1978–1979 Iran University of Tehran Medicine
Abolfath Seqatoleslam 1979

Iran University of Tehran

Hassan Baroughi 1979–1980 France Sorbonne Agriculture
Hossein Sadeghi-Shoja 1980–1983 United Kingdom Royal College of Surgeons of England


Husain Saiflu 1983–1986

United Kingdom University of Stirling[33]


Seyyed-Mehdi Golabi 1989–1991 France University of Paris Chemistry/Pharmaceutical
Mohammad-Hosein Pour-Feyzi 1991–2002 United Kingdom University of Wales Science
Mohammad-Reza Pour-Mohammadi 2002–2005 United Kingdom Cardiff University Urban Planning
Mohammad-Hosein Sorour-odin 2005–2008 United Kingdom University of Birmingham Chemistry
Mohammad-Taqi Alavi 2008–2012 Iran University of Tehran Philosophy
Parviz Azhideh 2012–2014

Iran Allameh Tabatabaei University


Mohammad-Reza Pour-Mohammadi 2014–2018 United Kingdom Cardiff University Urban Planning
Mir-Reza Majidi 2018–2021 Australia University of Wollongong Chemistry
Safar Nasrollahzadeh 2021–present Iran University of Tabriz Ecology

Notable alumni[edit]

University of Tabriz alumni

See also[edit]


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