The Islamic Azad University (IAU), today considered as the biggest university in the world and one of the main achievements of the Islamic Revolution, was established in 1982 with the support of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini. The activities of the IAU, the early days of its establishment, show that its slogan of “higher education for all” has always been the backbone of the university’s activities. The existence of the IAU has helped to fairly distribute science across Iran. Fortunately, the University has overcome initial doubts and negativities and its quality and growth has reached a climax which is applauded by all.
After three decades of achievements in the fields of science, education and technology, the IAU now has over 5,000,000 graduates, over 1,700,000 students, 71,000 faculty members and over 40,000 administrative staff across Iran. With over 400 university campuses and educational centers, built on an area exceeding 20 million square meters, huge complexes which include educational, research and cultural facilities as well as hospitals, laboratories, workshops, sports facilities, recreational areas and information technology (IT) centers, it is now the focus of hope for many young high school graduates wanting to pursue higher education across Iran.