Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch

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The Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch (IAUN) (Persian: دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد نجف‌آباد), also known as the University of Najafabad, is an independent comprehensive branch of the Islamic Azad University system, located in Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran.

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch
  • دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد نجف‌آباد

Dāneshgāh-e Āzād-e Eslāmi Vāhed-e Najafābād
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Mottoآرمان ایرانی برای جهانی شدن
(English: Iranian Aspiration for Globalization)
ChancellorDr. Amirreza Naghsh
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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IAUN was established in January, 1985 with the aim of training professionals needed for high scientific positions. This university boasts of 29 years of service educating 26,000 university students in 250 different majors in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs. It has been able to train 73,793 graduates including 1,340 Ph.D. and 6,500 M.A. graduates. The total number of the full-time, part-time and adjunct professors in this university is above 1,500. With over twenty five years of service, this university is now one of the most prominent centers in Isfahan Province and one of the most distinguished ones in higher education in Iran, and with its precise and professional management in a 20-year strategic framework in different research, scientific, cultural and educational fields, it has gained a lot of domestic and foreign recognition, among which one can refer to gaining the Gold Medal of Quality Management in the Century based on the QC100 standard from the BID International Institute in Madrid, Spain in 2013 with 118 countries voting for it. This university was introduced as the first independent branch of the Islamic Azad University and appointed as an independent comprehensive university with the total score of 5951.68[3]


Infrastructures and facilitiesEdit

  • A campus of 12,779,199.83 square meters
  • The total construction area of 336,720 square meters
  • The total administrative and educational area of 38,000 square meters
  • The total under-construction area of 71,500 square meters including a 200-bed hospital
  • The total green space of 1,885,000 square meters
  • The total gardening and agricultural area of 10,782,257 square meters
  • The first rank in having the most land and building possession in the country
  • The ratio of 1 student to 16 square meters of educational space (the standard ratio is 1:12 square meters)
  • 17 sports complexes with the total area of 60,857 square meters in the following fields: body building, karate, gymnastics, freestyle and greco-roman wrestling, futsal, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, zurkhaneh (traditional Persian sports center), chess, handball, badminton, fitness program, judo, taekwondo, indoor swimming pool (with wet and dry sauna and jacuzzi) and indoor and outdoor fields for: soccer, track and field, basketball, volleyball and futsal
  • 9 dormitories for male and female students (4 and 5, respectively) with the total area of 31,830 square meters
  • 3 mosques with the total area of 4,000 square meters
  • 8 meeting and conference halls seating 5,000 people
  • 11 faculties with the total area of 84,864 square meters
  • The largest academic library in Iran with the total area of 34,764.15 square meters in 8 floors
  • A five-story hospital located in Isfahan, Iran with the total area of 2,937.77 square meters
  • 249 university majors in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs
  • 85,545 alumni in associate degree, Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs
  • 487 full-time and part-time faculty board members


Academic campusEdit

IAUN campus is the largest university campus in the Middle East located in Najafabad, Isfahan, occupying about 1,277 acres (5,170,000 m2) in the city of Najafabad in the pleasant touristic province of Isfahan. The largest academic library of Iran is located on this campus.



At present, IAUN is offering 125[4] degree programs including 1 associate degrees, 66 bachelor's degrees, 37 master's degrees, 20 doctor of philosophy and doctor of medicine. Currently, the university has 25,303[2] enrolled students and about 70376 alumni[2] as of the academic year 2013–2014.

IAUN monthly newsletter, Talieh, in its first issue titling the university chancellor Dr. Mohammad Amiri's speech "IAU Najafabad Branch soon will be the second Sharif University in Iran".[5]

The university is home to the largest academic library in Iran that is more than 35,000 metres in 7 floors. Beside the printed materials there are access to lots of electronic materials and e-books and e-journals.



Degree 2013–2014 academic year Percent
Associate and Bachelor's 18,238 72%
Master's 5,726 22.6%
Ph.D. 888 3.5%
M.D. 451 1.8%
Total 25,303 100%



Webometrics rankings

2014 (February Release): 43[6]

SCImago rankings

2012: 64[7]

2013: 64[8]

2014: 54[9]

Other rankings

2010: 6th among Islamic Azad University branches.[10]


Webometrics rankings

2015 (February Release): 2,987[6]2015 (February Release): 2,728[6]

SCImago rankings

2012: International rank: 2,506[11]

2013: International rank: 2,514[12]

2014: International rank: 2,283[13]

Presence in social networking websitesEdit

IAUN is pioneer in representing itself in social networking websites among other higher educational institutes in Iran since there has been restrictions from the government for such institutions not to have any presence in foreign social networking websites. However, IAUN is the first university in Iran having an official page in social networking websites. Starting from early January 2014, the university announced using Instagram as the first social networking website to have an official page on.[14] Here is the link to the university's Instagram page named iaunofficial.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Introducing IAUN".
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  5. ^ "First issue of IAUN monthly newsletter, Talieh" (PDF).
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