University of Isfahan
|Endowment||US$ 35.14 million|
(September 20, 2014)
|President||Dr. Houshang Talebi|
University of Isfahan (UI) (Persian: دانشگاه اصفهان Dāneshgāh-e Esfāhān) is a state-operated university in Isfahan and among the top 10 comprehensive universities of Iran. The university is located in Azadi square of Isfahan. It has another campus in Khansar.
University of Isfahan offers undergraduate degrees in 70 fields and graduate degrees in 55 areas. Students can study a wide variety of courses at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels full-time and part-time. The University has twelve faculties and forty-five departments,. University of Isfahan includes more than five hundred full-time academic members. The student body consists of 12,000 undergraduate students and 4,500 graduate students from thirty provinces. Undergraduate admission to University of Isfahan is limited to the top 10% of students who pass the national entrance examination administered yearly by the Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education. University of Isfahan has several research centers.
Built it 1946, University of Isfahan has been one of the major universities in the fields of sciences, humanities, and engineering. The decision to establish the university was an idea developed by a number of doctors at Amin Hospital in 1939. Eventually, the board of directors of the hospital approved a plan to establish Isfahan Higher Medical Institute in 1946. In September of the same year, an ad signed by lecturer Dr. Jelveh, then caretaker of Isfahan Province Health and Medical Treatment Department, was published in local newspapers calling on prospective students to enroll in the new institute. The first classes were held at Sadi High School (now Soureh Institute). Many more students enrolled in subsequent years; therefore, the institute had to find a larger campus to accommodate the growing number of new students. On October 29, 1950, the first series of classes were held at the University of Isfahan. Other colleges such as the Medical University, the newly established College of Medicine and Literature College on Shahzadeh Ebrahim street also joined the University of Isfahan and were relocated in the main campus in subsequent years. The university later offered programs in human sciences, engineering and medical sciences. Related programs of medical sciences were then separated from the University of Isfahan and became an independent university in 1985, named medical university of Isfahan.
As of 2013 the university has twelve faculties which are:
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Computer Engineering
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Humanities and Literature
- Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
- Faculty of Education and Psychology
- Faculty of Foreign Languages
- Faculty of Sport Sciences
- Faculty of Virtual Education
- Faculty of Transportation
- Faculty of Geographic Sciences and Planning
- Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies
- Faculty of Cognitive Sciences
Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science' of the University of Isfahan was founded in 1984. There are five departments in this faculty namely the Department of Statistics, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, the Department of Biology and the Department of Geology which have been admitting students, domestic and international, in different programs of Ph.D., MSc and BSc Currently, this faculty, benefiting from experienced teachers and modern research and laboratory facilities, is regarded as one of the country’s top centers of Basic Sciences.
The Faculty of Education and Psychology' was established in 1969 which makes it one of the oldest faculties of the University. This faculty, which consists of five departments, is admitting students to B.A, M.A and PhD programs. The Department of Education is the oldest department of the faculty and the other departments of the faculty are the Department of Psychology, the Department of Knowledge and Information Science, the Department of Counseling, and the Department of Children with Special Needs . At present, all of these departments are located in one building placed in the north-eastern part of the University campus. The faculty has continually been contributing to the development of general education and social services in Isfahan province. In addition to running programs at B.A, M.A and PhD levels, the faculty is involved in holding short-term and medium-term courses for the staff of the Department of Education in Isfahan province. Considerable attention is also paid to conducting research the reflection of which can be observed in research projects carried out by the faculty members. The Department of Knowledge and Information Science was established in 1975 and its activities included holding educational classes for other departments of the University and improving technical features of the University libraries. It was in 1980s when thanks to the emergence of new cultural issues in the Iranian society, an Associate program in Library Science was launched and continued for a number of years in this department. And finally in 1996 the B.A program in Library and Information Science was launched in this department. Afterwards, the educational quality of the programs underwent some changes and books and articles began to be produced by the faculty members. The Master’s program in Library and Information Science was launched in 2006. The running programs of the Department of Knowledge and Information Science include Information Management and Academic Library Management. Following the promotions of the faculty members of the department in the past ten years and the regular collaborations of the Vice Chancellor for Education and also the Director of the Planning Committee for Knowledge and Information Science in the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the department was granted permission to launch a PhD program in Information Storage and Retrieval. The Department of Knowledge and Information Science in the University of Isfahan was honored to receive a plaque of appreciation for its commitment to the improvement of Library Science. Moreover, a large number of the graduates of the department are now working in educational and administrative posts in major universities and libraries of the country.
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