“Approximately 9000 Non-Iranian students are currently studying at domestic and overseas branches of Islamic Azad University (I.A.U),” Director General for International Affairs of IAU announced.
“Admission of non-Iranian students is a process under direct interaction with Student Affairs Organization of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology regarding Consular, Visa, and Accommodation affairs,” Dr. Hossein Ebrahimi mentioned.
“Islamic Azad University is leading in non-Iranian students’ admission. For this purpose, the website for the admission of Non-Iranian students without entrance exam was launched in 3 languages (Persian, Arabic, and English), reachable at: “”. Accordingly, there is no need for students to have physical presence at university branches or central organization for the registration process. Accordingly, 2352 applicants have registered via the website since December 2015,” He added.
“Islamic Azad University Central Organization is the principal organization for Non-Iranian Students’ admission. Among the objectives of Int’l Office is to admit at least 50 thousands non-Iranian students till 2025,” Dr. Ebrahimi pointed out.
He also mentioned that Islamic Azad University has three overseas branches in Emirates, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and totally more than 3000 students are currently studying at these branches.
Dr. Ebrahimi also added that, the redevelopment plan of IAU Oxford Branch is underway.
Dr. Ebrahimi declared that IAU branches, and majors in Lebonan, and Afghanistan will be expanded.
 “Further to the MoU signed between IAU and Iraqi side, the University’s branches will be established in 5 cities of Iraq,” Dr. Ebrahimi declared.
Dr. Ebrahimi also referred to the study plan for the settlement of IAU branch in Azerbaijan further to the meeting of IAU president with the Azari ambassador to Tehran.

** Islamic Azad University- IAU- (Central Tehran Branch)- IAUCTB and Polytechnic Turin University Signed Cooperation Agreement in Designing and Architecture Engineering

With the presence of high delegates of Turin Polytechnic University including Bernardino Kaiya, the Deputy for International Affairs, Elisa Armando, the Director for International Affairs, and Professor Karlo Naldi, the Director for International Communications of Italian Universities, and Dr. Hossein Ebrahimi, the IAU Director General for International Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Shams, the Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch, and Tehran province Chancellor
the cooperation Agreement has been signed.
“IAUCTB regarding its high scientific and research potentials, 1200 faculty members, and diverse fields of studies, is now ready to expand the grounds for the scientific and research cooperation with the leading international universities including the Italian ones”, Dr. Shams declared as expressing his welcome speech towards the Italian delegates.
“We could sign joint cooperation agreement with some universities in Italy, and we welcome such cooperation with the leading universities in the world,” Dr. Shams added by pointing at the IAUCTB readiness to define the collaborative research projects.
“In recent years, the general policy of Islamic Azad University has focused on the expansion of International relations. Accordingly we have signed scientific and educational cooperation agreements with reputable universities of the world and the IAUCTB has been successful in this respect”, the IAU Director General for International Affairs said.
“Student and Professor Exchange, performing research projects, performing joint thesis, and holding joint educational, and research workshops are the provisions of these agreements,” Dr. Ebrahimi clarified.
It is to mention that the Turin University of Italy had previously signed joint cooperation agreement with international universities of china, and Uzbekistan with the related fields of study.
Ebrahimi pointed to the regulation of the items in the meeting between Dr. Valayti and the Representative of Iraqi Supreme Council.
He also mentioned to the majors that are to be taught at IAU Iraq branched and added that, in the first phase Basic Sciences are our purpose further to the needs of Iraqi societies and in future we are planning to prepare Engineering and Medical Sciences as well.
He referred to the approval of IAU degree certificates at Iraq Ministry of Science besides the presence of many Iraqis at IAU branches who welcome the establishment of an IAU local branch in their cities that are predicted to be set up in Basra, Najaf, Karbala and possibly Baghdad. 
“Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani constantly emphasized that the Islamic Azad University expansion in abroad must be taken in to serious consideration by the IAU board of directors,” the Director General for the Islamic Azad University International Affairs Department said.
“The services that Ayatollah Hashemi has provided for Iran and especially at the Islamic Azad University are not hidden for anyone. He followed up the university issues and board of trustees meetings with effort, accuracy, and energy,” Dr. Hossien Ebrahimi mentioned to the vital role of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani as the founder, chairman of the board of founders, and the chairman of board of trustees at the IAU.
“Due to my responsibility at the international office, I have visited Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani for several times. He believed that the IAU in Iran reached its growth and development, and currently it is the time for the IAU to expand its foreign activities to be successful at the international arena,” Dr. Ebrahimi said.
“Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani at the last IAU board of trustees meeting that was held with his presence indicated that the IAU expansion in foreign countries should be considered seriously by the IAU board of directors in addition to the expansion of IAU offices in 16 countries.” he added.
“Further to the viewpoint of Ayotollah Hashemi Rafsanji, and his emphasis on establishing branches in Iraq, and Oman, certainly launching branches in Najaf, and Karbala cities, the objectives are among the IAU International office agenda, so that his wishes will be fulfilled,” Dr. Ebrahimi indicated.
“Ayatollah Hashemi stated that the IAU international expansion should not be limited to the 16 countries that its branches are currently active, but it is possible to have scientific presence anywhere in the world, and the IAU can play its role in this regard,” he pointed out.
“On 8th January, some officials were supposed to travel to Iraq to check the establishment of the IAU Najaf branch, but the trip has been postponed due to the loss of Ayatollah Hashemi .” Dr. Ebrahimi declared.
“Based on Ayatollah Hashemi’s opinion and his persistence on launching branches in Iraq, and Oman, the issue will be pursued in Najaf, and Karbala cities, via Int’l office.” He stated.
“Ayatollah Hashemi was satisfied with the Islamic Azad University active participation at international associations, and he emphasized on the fruitful and suitable presence of IAU in foreign countries,” Dr. Ebrahimi added.