Urmia University

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Urmia University
دانشگاه اروميه
Urmia University.svg
Established1878-1905 & 1965-present
PresidentRahim Hobbenaghi
Academic staff
about 481
Administrative staff
about 800
Postgraduatesup to 1,000
LocationIran Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran
37°39′24.82″N 44°59′12.42″E / 37.6568944°N 44.9867833°E / 37.6568944; 44.9867833
CampusUrban & Suburban
Athletics? teams
Colorsturquoise and white

Urmia University (Persian: دانشگاه ارومیهturkic : اورمو بیلیم یوردو) (also known as University of Urmia) is a public university in West Azerbaijan province, Iran. The main campus of Urmia University is in Nazlu in vicinity of Urmia. It has six campuses, seven schools, more than 14,000 students, and several exclusive research centers including: Microelectronic, Antenna and Microwave Laboratory, NanoTechnology, MEMS, and Artimia. The Urmia University also has two satellite campuses in Khoy and Miyandoab city. Nazlu campus of Urmia University is the biggest university campus in size in northwest of Iran. Urmia University is ranked as one of Iran's "Grade A" universities by Iranian Ministry of Science.


West Minster Medical College (1878-1905)[edit]

Joseph Plumb Cochran in his medical college at Urmia.
Wooden Building, the oldest building in Urmia University.

Urmia University is founded in the place of West Minster Medical college in the city of Urmia, which was founded by Joseph Cochran in 1878. West Minster College is considered the first attempt to establish higher education institution in Urmia. Dr. Cochran an American citizen who born in Urmia spent whole of his professional life in developing the medical college and hospital in Urmia.[1]

The website of Urmia University credits attempts of Cochran for "lowering the infant mortality rate in the region" [1] and for founding one of Iran's first modern hospitals (Westminister Hospital) in Urmia. The medical faculty Cochran established was joined by several other American medical doctors including Drs. Wright, Homlz, van Nourdon, and Miller. They lived for whole of their life in Urmia.

The certificates of the graduates from West Minster Medical College were signed jointly by Dr. Cochran and King Mozaffar-edin Shah. This college continued to educate medical science until the death of Dr. Cochran in 1905. The office of Dr. Cochran and his medical college in wooden building are preserved in city campus of Urmia University. The university website honored Cochran and his team's work saying

There they lie in peace away from their homeland, and the testimonial epitaphs on their tombs signify their endeavor and devotion to humanity.

Later re-establishment and developments (1965-)[edit]

The formal foundation for current Urmia University was in 1965, when the Agricultural College of Rezaeiye was established. Mr. Shabani was appointed as the first consular of the newly established college. In 1969, Jafar Rassi was appointed as chancellor to continue expansion of the University. In 1970 Iranian Ministry of Science assigned further development of the college to university. An agreement was signed between Iranian government and Near East Foundation in United State to establish four-year program. Later Dr. Rassi appointed as the new consular of the college. Dr. Rassi, the longest serving chancellor of Urmia University till now, established the Animal Science and Science Departments. Under his leadership the college started four-year program of bachelor's degree. He also established partnership with European and American schools to establish exchange of scholars. He planned the expansion in Nazlu Campus which is now the primary location for the University. With the new developments the complex was renamed University of Rezaeye in 1977. After revolution in 1979, the name of the university is changed to Urmia University. On 1980, the faculty of Medical Science is established. As part of Iranian Ministry of Health Urmia University of Medical Sciences detached from the main school in 1985. Faculty of Humanitarian Science established on 1989 and Faculty of Engineering established on 1990.[2][3]


The administrative department of Urmia University in city campus.

Urmia University has 6 campuses, all of them are located in West Azerbaijan Provence. The main campus is located in Nazlu on the 11 km road from Urmia to Serow. Here is the list of all campuses:

  • Nazlu Campus, the main campus, in Nazlu village.
  • City Campus, in Urmia city.
  • Literature Campus, inside Urmia city.
  • School of Economics Campus, 1.5th km of Serow Rd.
  • School of Arts Campus, inside Urmia city.
  • Khoy Campus


Central Library of Urmia University.
Chamran Auditorium.

One of the famous building of Urmia University is Wooden Building, which is the oldest building in the city campus. In present-day most of the major building of Urmia University are in Nazlu campus are

  • Central library
  • School of Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Medical Science
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Paramedical Science
  • Animal Science Department
  • Veterinary Science Building
  • Classroom Building
  • Enrollment office building
  • Azadegan Gymnasium
  • Chamran Auditorium
  • Mosque
  • Technology Park
  • Central Restaurant
  • North campus (boys residence)
  • South campus (girls residence)


Urmia University consists of seven schools including

School of Engineering

School of Sciences

School of Humanities Science and Literature

School of Agriculture

School of Economics

Faculty of Veterinary

Faculty of Arts

Research centers[edit]

  • Artemia & Aquatic Animals Research Center [2][3](in English)
  • MicroElectronics Research Center, established by Prof. Hadidi from UCLA, USA [4]
  • Urmia MEMS Center (UMC) [5]
  • Biological Sciences Research Center [6]
  • Urmia University Research Center of Structure
  • Antenna and High Frequency Research Center, established by Prof. Ghobadi and Prof. Nourinia
  • Artimia Research Center
  • Nanotechnology Center


President Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Joseph Cochran 1878-1899 United States New York Medical College Medicine
Shabani 1965-1969
Jafar Rassi 1969-1979 United States Cornell University Education
Javad Farhoudi 1980-1982 United Kingdom University of Southampton Hydraulic Structures Engineering
Ali Sarafraz Yazdi 1983-1986 United Kingdom University of Birmingham Chemistry
Seyyed Mehdi Razavi Rouhani 1986 - 1996 Iran University of Tehran Veterinary Science
Rahim Hobbenaghi 1997-2001 Iran University of Tehran Veterinary Science
Goudarz Sadeghi-Hashjin 2001-2005 Netherlands Utrecht University Pharmacology
Hassan Sedghi 2006-2014 Australia University of New South Wales Solid State Physics
Rahim Hobbenaghi 2014–present Iran University of Tehran Veterinary Science

Notable Alumina[edit]

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