Islamic Azad University (IAU) in Brief
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Since its inception in 1982, the Islamic Azad University- IAU, after 36 years of its academic, educational and technological existence, has nurtured more than 5,000,000 alumni in different levels of studies in so far of which 55, 83% are male and 44, 17% are female. The university also has 1,500,000 current students under the tutelage of over 27,000 full and part time faculty members in Medical sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Humanities, Veterinary, Basic sciences and Architecture who are studying, teaching and working at 369 inner branches and educational centers across the country in different levels from Associate to PhD, as well as 35,000 administrative staff in the total area of over 40,000,000 sqm in addition to four overseas branches in the United Kingdom, UAE, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
In other words, IAU is the greatest success higher education institution, physically and academically, in Iran and the region, if not in the World. ‘Higher education for all’ is considered as the key objective of the University which currently undertakes and monitors more than 45% of the national higher education.
All these together with 546 SAMA schools affiliated to the University with nearly 72,763 students across Iran, along with 113 technical vocational colleges with over 91,457 students make the IAU a unique and popular educational center. The IAU also has 70,000 medical students and enjoys 14 hospitals with 1400 active beds.
The IAU's 36 years of existence, could be briefly categorized in four decades as following:
1) The first decade of establishment (1982-1991)
2) The second decade of development (1992-2001)
3) The third decade of teaching and research quality improvement (2002-2011)
4) The fourth and current decade of globalization and competition with top universities in the world.