Established in February 1982, Islamic Azad University is one of the fundamental and lasting achievements of the higher education system of Iran, aiming at promoting knowledge and culture, providing specialist human resources necessary for the country, establishing suitable grounds for people to actively participate in developing knowledge and research.
Throughout its 34 years of operation in different academic, educational, research and technological areas, 4 million students at various levels of study have graduated.
Now some 1.7 million students, more than 30,000 academic members, and 35,000 staff members constitute the operative body of the University. This number of people work or study in more than 440 university branches and centers including Science an Research Campuses, amounting to a total of 20 million square meters.
Scientific Inventions, Discoveries and Innovations
So far, more than 1394 cases of invention made by academic members, graduates, and students of Islamic Azad University have been registered. A strategic council has been established to support scientific inventions and innovations headed by the vice-president for Research Affairs. Over 2000 invention plans have been received by the council. These plans have been reviewed and sent to be scientifically judged. Three inventions are now in the process of being registered in the US Inventions Office. To introduce the new inventions and innovations, a directory titled ‘Handbook of Invention Registration’ has been compiled and published.
The University has launched 48 research and technology centers including:
- Nano-technology Center
- Biotechnology Center
- Plasma Physics Research Center
- Supreme International Interdisciplinary Research Center
- Center for Advanced Science and Technology (CAST)
- Water Research Centers in certain branches
IAU UAE Branch
IAU in the United Arab Emirates founded in 1995 and accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of the Government of Dubai (KHDA), the UAE Branch of Islamic Azad University boasts to be one of the flag-bearers in the academic boom in the Middle East. IAU-UAE Branch, as the most active one among the international branches of the Islamic Azad University, offers a host of programs at bachelor’s, master’s as well as doctoral levels in several disciplines of engineering, law, humanities, arts and management.
Situated in two various campuses in Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City, IAU-UAE Branch enjoys an immense pool of potentials for the expansion of intermural academic ties and activities with both regional and trans-regional universities and institutions.