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Islamic Azad University
دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی
Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi
Islamic Azad University logo (2).png
Seal of the Islamic Azad University
Motto in English
Iranian trust, Global credit
Type Private
Established 1982
President Hamid Mirzadeh
Academic staff
Students more than 1,500,000
Campus Iran
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
Colours Turquoise and White          
Nickname IAU

Islamic Azad University (Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی, Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi) is a private university system based in Iran. The university was founded in 1982. It is the world's third largest university. 1.5 million students study there. The university has over 100 branches across Iran and also in other countries such as the emirate of Dubai and the United Kingdom. Over the years, the university has become richer. It is estimated to be worth between $20 and $25 billion.


Headquartered in Tehran, it was approved and ratified by Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution in 1982, having been founded in 1982. It has an enrollment of 1.7 million students. Since its inception in 1982, it has grown both physically and academically to become one of the largest higher education institutions globally.

Over the years, IAU has promoted 'higher education for all' as its key objective. IAU has two independent and 31 state university branches across Iran, and four branches in other countries: the U.A.E., the United Kingdom, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Over the years, the university has accumulated assets estimated to be worth $20–25 billion.

The Islamic Azad University's activities quickly expanded throughout the country, so that today thousands of students are enrolling every year. Not relying on government funding, it receives charitable donations and charges tuition fees.

The certificates issued by this university are recognized by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Ministry of Health and Medical Education for medical education. Azad University admits students through the National Wide Entrance Examination held by the National (Iranian) Organization of Educational Testing.

Branches and campuses

The Islamic Azad University has two independent and 31 state university branches with 400 campuses and research centers in Iran, and four branches overseas, scattered over an area exceeding 20 million square meters, as well as a range of hospitals, laboratories, workshops, sports facilities, recreational areas and ITC facilities. IAU now welcomes many applicants locally and internationally. There are also 621 Sama high schools affiliated to the university, along with 124 technical and vocational colleges.

Medical centers

IAU offers assistance in many hospitals, and has obtained the necessary approvals to establish new hospitals with nearly a capacity of 1000 beds. More details:

  • 89 branches in medical sciences
  • 1578 faculty members
  • 72226 students
  • 51 majors in different levels

There are over 1500 active beds in 11 hospitals in Iran. Each medical center serves as the primary teaching site for that campus's medical school.

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