Qazvin, a province belonging to the Old Persian land, enjoys a 9000-year history with unrivalled heritage. The city was a former capital of the Persian Empire. It is a provincial capital today that has been an important cultural center throughout the history. Archeological findings in the Qazvin plain reveal urban agricultural settlements for at least nine millennium. Geographically, Qazvin connects Tehran, Isfahan, and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian beach and Asia Minor, by which the strategic importance of the location is revealed throughout the ages.
Qazvin has sometimes been of central importance at major moments of Iranian history. It was captured by invading Arabs (644 AD) and destroyed by Hulagu Khan (13th century). After the Ottoman capture of Tabriz, Shah Tahmasp (1524–1576) made Qazvin, the capital of the Safavid empire (founded in 1501 AD), a status that Qazvin retained for half a century until Shah Abbas I moved the capital city of Isfahan. There are 40 mosques, 5 Hussaniyehs, and 13 religious schools in the city of Qazvin, most of which bear the great historical architecture. Thanks to its geographical situation, today Qazvin province is being developed in three phases: industrial, agricultural, and academic.
Qazvin Islamic Azad University (QIAU) Branch
Via adopting a dynamic approach for the development through producing knowledge and training experts, Qazvin Islamic Azad University (QIAU) ultimate goal is turning into a brand and known university across the globe. To fulfill the goal, QIAU has followed a continuous path of development and expansion, through which it is now considered as a center for producing knowledge and training talented people. In doing the QIAU’s mangers have a long term mission for training the new generation of effective experts and managers required for the society. Located at 140 Km from Tehran, QIAU enjoys a special geographical situation. The university also enjoys many achievements in both national and international competitions.
Moreover, QIAU enjoys beautiful scenery, with its buildings and campuses having spectacular architectural qualities and natural perspectives at the foothills of Alborz Mountains. From the beginning, the broad strategic plan of QIAU focused on the fundamentals for achieving the national and international standards in research and education. To this, the university strives to catch up with innovative research and educational norms of reputable universities, while taking into account the status quo.