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University of Tabriz


The initial idea of establishing the University of Tabriz born a year after the termination of the threatening international catastrophe; the Second World War and took shape very soon on 12th June 1946. The newly-established educational institution started its activities under the former name ofAzerbaycan Universiteti (University ofAzerbaijan) in Tabriz City with only three Faculties of Medicine, Agriculture and Pedagogy.
However, it wasn't long before that, unfortunately the newly-founded institution dissolved and all its educational activities were brought to a halt within a few months, due to some hindering political developmentsin the region and subsequent events.
In the following year, thanks to the all-out efforts made by people from different walks of life, particularly in the wake of continued support and pressures exerted by a few of local distinguished intellectuals, political figures and the University students, the question of re-establishing the University was brought up again and the urgent need for devising appropriate plans and ways for materialization of this end was firmly emphasized once more. Happily, the new plans being reconsidered by the then concerned bodies, gained approval of the senior authorities. Finally, onOctober 30, 1947 the University re-opened and recommenced its educational activities. The news of the glorious inauguration ceremony of the University, which was rightfully regarded as a great unique event in the contemporary history of Tabriz City, carried live on the state radio. In this way, the cultured men and women of Azerbaijan achieved their hearts' desire.
To start with, the re-established University of Tabriz consisted of 2 faculties, namely, Faculty of Literature and Faculty of Medicine, educating a total of 160 students, but very soon the number of faculties and fields of study increased.

The University of Tabriz, which is now regarded as the second oldest educational institution among the leading universities in Iran, has always been playing a pivotal role in scientific, social and cultural existence of the Country since the early stages of its formation.
The University of Tabriz, also known as the biggest academic institution in north-west of Iran, with a precious record of about 56 years in educational and research grounds, has always been striving, particularly in the post-Revolution era and in line with it's strategic policies based on enhancing academic collaboration and contacts with the accredited and distinguished universities of the world, to attain a sustainable development, keeping up with the state of the art technologies. Fortunately, the objective has been already achieved for the most part so that the University of Tabriz has now the honor of being considered among the long-time collaborators of a number of leading universities and institutions worldwide. Meantime, it is a pleasure to mention that, during its fairly long record of educational and cultural activities of more than fifty years, the University of Tabriz has trained a great number of gifted students, now serving as experts, teachers, university professors, scientists and successful managers not only in our own society but also in most educational and research centers throughout the world. It is also worth mentioning that, the number of the University's industrious and talented students who have so far succeeded in securing some of the key scientific and managerial positions in and outside of Iran is noteworthy.
The University of Tabriz comprises ten Faculties of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics, Education and Psychology, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Maragheh Agricultural Faculty (Maragheh Campus) and Mathematics. There are also a few affiliated  off-campus colleges including Marand Technical College, Bonab Technical College, College of Veterinary Medicine (on-campus) as well as six research Centers inclusive of Geographical Research Center, Center for Applied physics and Astronomical Research, Geographical Information System (GIS) Research Center, "Se-Allameh" (three scholars) Research Center, Social Sciences Research Center(SSRC), Research Center for Fundamental Sciences as well as the Khajeh-Nasir-Alddin Tousi Observatory.
Presently (academic year 2001-2002) there are 5 fields of study in Higher-diploma, 60 fields of study in Bachelor's degree, 59 fields of study in Master's degree and 36 fields of study in Ph.D. (totaling 153 fields of study) at the University of Tabriz. From among the total number of students, now exceeding 10000, engaged in various major and specific fields of study, some 293 students are studying for higher diploma, 7339 students are studying for undergraduate degree, 755 students are attending evening courses (studying for undergraduate degree), and 862 students studying for graduate degree and 147 students are accomplishing their Ph.D. requirements.
TheUniversity ofTabriz has 480 academic staff, of whom some 258 are Ph.D. holders. Out of this teaching staff, 41 are full professors, 66 are associate professors, 151 are assistant professors and the remaining 222 are instructors. Some 857 administrative personnel are supporting academic activities.
The campus, enjoying an exceptional location, is a single, self-contained site spread over an area of 585 hectares with plenty of open green areas between the buildings. It is situated at the eastern end of the city of Tabriz on the Tehran highway, commanding an excellent view of mountains on the north. It enjoys an open and hilly green landscape to the south, south east and south west, providing appropriate ground for future expansion and development. A total area of about 323895sq. meters has been allocated for educational spaces and buildings.


·Faculty of Agriculture

·Faculty of Chemistry

·Faculty of Education and Psychology

·Faculty of Engineering

·Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

·Faculty of Mathematical Science

·Faculty of Natural Sciences

·Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages

·Faculty of Physics

·Maragheh Faculty of Agriculture

·Marand Technical College

·Bonab Technical College

·College of Veterinary Medicine

·Department of Islamic Learning

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