A Brief History of IAU

On May 21, 1982, two years after the culmination of the Iranian Cultural Revolution, an initiative called the Islamic Azad University was announced in the sermon of the Tehran Friday prayers by Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani; this particularly historical speech was the result of his consultations with Dr. Abdollah Jassbi, an Iranian academic and politician, for opening the university.

That year in December, the university statutes were drawn up, based on which the university would be inaugurated as an establishment of public utility and all of its income would be spent on matters relating to the university.

The very first donation to the university was about a million tomans (about 327 current-day dollars) which was a contribution by the late Imam Khomeini (R.A.).

The first IAU entrance exam was held in February, 1983 with 32 thousand participants in Shahrud, Ahwaz, Tabriz, Tehran, Rasht, Zahedan, Kerman, Mashhad, and Yazd and almost three thousand students were accepted in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, metal industry, textile, and accounting majors.

Like other Iranian Higher Educational Institutions, Islamic Azad University is active under the supervision of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. The degrees awarded to IAU graduates are independent and granted with the direct endorsement of the Islamic Azad University.

IAU Achievements

The largest brick-and-mortar university in the world

Conservation of domestic funding within the borders

Training native experts with highly in-demand skills and know-how

Over a thousand student dormitories

Development of student counselling services at over 250 centers integrated with IAU branches

Focus on providing welfare services to students

IAU’s Honors

The 3rd university in the world in terms of the number of students

Five million graduates at different levels

10 million square meters of indoor educational space

70 thousand full-time and part-time faculty members and lecturers

IAU Media

Farhikhtegan Newspaper

Azad News Agency (ANA)

Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA)