The IAU Director General for International Affairs announced the onset of serious educational and research cooperation between IAU and Iraqi universities via providing joint programs of study, dual degree certificates and E-learning facilities for the Iraqi students.
According to the ANA news agency, the chancellors of four Iraqi universities attended the central organization of IAU and met with Mr. Alireza Sheikh Attar, the IAU director general for international affairs, during their visit to Tehran.
Sheik Attar added that the Iraqi delegates visited the facilities of the IAU, by which they were exposed to the vast scientific, research and cultural capacities of the university.
He pointed out that during the meeting, IAU proposed the Iraqi delegates to provide mutual cooperative activities with the university, concerning the issues such as faculties and students exchange programs, sabbatical leaves for researchers and faculties, Iraqi students’ admission and E-learning programs.
Sheikh Attar also mentioned to the 600 Iraqi students studying at IAU, through which he emphasized on the necessity for strengthening mutual connections between IAU branches and Iraqi universities.
“Islamic Azad University-IAU should be the manifestation of an Islamic university in its real meaning”, IAU Acting Director General for Int’l Affairs mentioned.
“It is an honor for me to accept this responsibility. The mission that the supreme leader of Iran has entrusted to Dr.Velayati and the university’s staff, is not considered as an ordinary daily issue, rather it is supposed as the manifestation of an Islamic university in its real meaning, and the graduates of university should have such a view,” Mr. Alireza Sheikh Attar at the ceremony of reverence, and introduction of the ex and new directors of Int’l Office pointed out.
 “We hope to continue his good deeds, and act properly according to the policies of Dr. Velayati, and Dr. Rahbar,” Dr. Sheikh Attar mentioned by appreciating the efforts of the previous director.
  “Dr. Velayati has a theory regarding Iran, considering the country in geographical perspective and cultural view, the latter will lead Iran beyond the borders.
“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.
The President of Islamic Azad University (IAU) appointed Dr. Alireza Sheikh Attar as the Acting Director General for Int’l Affairs via the following decree:
Dear Dr. Alireza Sheikh Attar
Regarding your commitment and worthy executive records, according to this decree, you are appointed as the Acting Director General for the IAU’s Int’l Affairs Office.
It is hoped to invest your capabilities and efforts on preserving the University’s interests and dignities through observing the divine virtue, and proper application of human resources.
Dr. Farhad Rahbar also, appreciated the efforts and endeavors of Dr. Hossein Ebrahimi, the former Director General of IAU’s Int’l Office, in a separate letter.
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.