Islamic Azad University

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The Islamic Azad University (IAU; Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی, Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi) is a private university system headquartered in Tehran, Iran. It is one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the world.[6][7] Besides Iran, the university has international satellite branches in countries such as Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and England.

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Islamic Azad University
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی

Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi
Seal of the Islamic Azad University
Other name
IAU, Azad University
Mottoبدون شعار رسمی

شعار غیر رسمی شامل: اطلب العلم من المهد الى اللحد (Arabic)
ز گهواره تا گور دانش بجوی
آرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن
یادگیری و زندگی

Motto in English
No official motto[1]

Unofficial mottoes include:

Seek Knowledge from the Cradle to the Grave
Iranian Aspirations for Globalization
Learn and Live
TypePrivate university system[2]
EstablishedMay 21, 1982; 40 years ago (1982-05-21)[1]
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.0 billion (2020)[1]
Budget$10.0 billion (2020)[1]
ChairmanAli Akbar Velayati
PresidentMohammad Mehdi Tehranchi[3][4][1]
Vice-presidentBijan Ranjbar
Academic staff
~55,000 { 22,911 (Full-time) & 264 (Part-time) + 31,825 (Visiting and Adjunct) } (2022)[1]
Administrative staff
28,851 (2022)[1]
Students1,068,526 (2022)[1]
~67,000 (including professional doctorate and medicine)[1]
  • Iran
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Lebanon
  • Afghanistan
Campus33 Universities (2 Independent and 31 state university in 321 branches) and 767 Sama Schools under direct administration
MediaFarhikhteghan Newspaper, Azad News Agency (ANA), Isca News Agency
Colours   Dark and light blue[5]
Sporting affiliations