Abdollah Jafarali Jassbi (born 25 November 1944) is an Iranian academic and politician who was president of Azad University from the establishment of the university in 1982 until his resignation in 2012. He was also a presidential candidate in 1993 and 2001.

Abdollah Jassbi
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Native name
عبدالله جاسبی
Abdollah Jafarali Jassbi

(1944-11-25) November 25, 1944 (age 74)
TitleChancellor of Islamic Azad University (1982–2012)
Board member ofFederation of the Universities of the Islamic World
Academic background
Alma materIran University of Science and Technology (B.S.)
Aston University (Ph.D.)
ThesisProductivity Analysis and Measurement (1979)
Academic work
DisciplineManagement of Production and Technology
InstitutionsIslamic Azad University
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Early lifeEdit

He was born on 25 November 1944 in Tehran, Iran. He went to E'tezad School at the age of 7 and complete his six years high school period in Tehran. He has B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, an MSc in Industrial Management and a PhD in Management of Production & Technology, both from Aston University, United Kingdom.[1] His PhD thesis (1979) was entitled "Productivity analysis and measurement".[2]

Academic careerEdit

After receiving his PhD, he became a college teacher at Iran University of Science and Technology. He also became a member of the board of directors of the university in 1970 but he was fired from the university in 1975 after supporting Ruhollah Khomeini. After the victory of the Iranian Revolution, he came back to his academic career in 1979. He was appointed as Vice President of Iran University of Science and Technology in March 1979. In 1982, he proposed a plan for the establishment of Islamic Azad University. Along with Ali Khamenei and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Jassbi was a co-founder of Azad University network which is among the biggest NGOs in Iran. He was elected as its first president in January 1983 and served in this position for nearly 30 years. He announced his retirement from Azad University in November 2011 and officially resigned on 17 January 2012, but remained as one of the members of the board of directors of the university. He was succeeded by Farhad Daneshjoo.[3]

Political careerEdit

He was a central council member of Islamic Republican Party.[4] Jassbi is also described as a "former Motalefeh advocate".[5] He was regarded the spiritual leader of Freethinkers' Pinnacle Party.

He was nominated as one of the candidates in 1993 presidential election and received 1,511,574 and lost the election to the Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He was also a presidential candidate during 2001 presidential election[6] but only received 237,907 of votes and ranked in fourth place which Mohammad Khatami was reelected for a second term.


  1. ^ Personal Web page Archived May 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Aston University Library catalogue
  3. ^ Jassbi was resigned
  4. ^ Mohammadighalehtaki, Ariabarzan (2012). Organisational Change in Political Parties in Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. With Special Reference to the Islamic Republic Party (IRP) and the Islamic Iran Participation Front Party (Mosharekat) (Ph.D. thesis). Durham University. p. 160.
  5. ^ Jedinia, Mehdi (26 August 2010), Ahmadinejad Faces New Conservative Challenge: Relations with Motalefeh party strained by series of disputes (50), Institute for War & Peace Reporting, retrieved 5 June 2017
  6. ^ Muir, Jim (1 June 2001). "Iran election: People and policies". BBC. Tehran. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
Academic offices
Preceded by
President of Islamic Azad University
Succeeded by
Farhad Daneshjoo