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Alzahra University Excerpt from the speech of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a meeting with the president and authorities of Alzahra University:
It is my belief, and it always has been, that the Islamic Republic of Iran should truly appreciate Alzahra University and acknowledge its importance.
Alzahra University is the embodiment of women’s educational initiative in Iran. This is a unique center, which can manifest the high capacity of the Islamic Republic for educating women with high abilities. Alzahra University focuses on women’s education in Iran. This is an important issue in itself, particularly considering the women-only status of the university.
I believe this university needs to be more visibly supported. And on the other hand, you ladies [from Alzahra University] should also aim for the highest levels; don’t be satisfied with anything less. I mean, you need to truly pursue exactly what has been stated in the vision of the university—to become a first-rate world class university for women.

Alzahra University: A Brief History
Alzahra University, exclusively for women, was founded in the district of Vanak in 1964. Initially, this educational center was known as the "Higher Education Institute for Girls." The first 90 students who enrolled in this university studied in the fields of English Translation, Secretarial Studies, and Psychology. In the second year of its establishment, i.e. 1965-66, another field of study, Home Economics, was added and therefore, more students could register.
During the academic year of 1975-76, the Higher Education Institute for Girls was expanded to a university. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the university under the new name of Alzahra University continued its activities.
In its fiftieth year (i.e. 2015) Alzahra University has registered nearly ten thousand students, and has 10 faculties, two additional campuses, one branch, two research centers, an art gallery and a study center, which altogether provide 31 fields of study at postgraduate level, 83 fields of study at graduate level and 51 fields of study at undergraduate level.

Alzahra University Vision:
Alzahra University ranks as first among the comprehensive universities exclusively for women worldwide by the year 2026. It is a model for educated Muslim women who are committed to Islamic values. It has a vibrant and lively environment, as well as an inspirational and influential position in the region. This university is one of the first choices of Iranian girls intending to further their learning and enhance their research abilities and practical skills, and is recognized as an academic reference for studies on women and family issues.

Alzahra University Mission:
Alzahra University is symbolic of women's higher education in the country and is the most highly accredited comprehensive university exclusively for women at national, regional, and international levels. This university, based on Islamic teachings, the thoughts of the founder of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and the guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, and benefiting from accomplished scholars and professors, aspires to producing novel academic theories and meeting the educational/research needs of the Islamic society, particularly women.
Alzahra University, through educating committed, devoted, and pious women is a representative of able and influential Muslim women in the region and the world. Through effective interactions with intellectual women in the world, particularly Muslim women, it attempts to elevate the status and dignity of women and family based on noble Islamic thoughts.
Through increasing interaction with other organizations and academic/administrative centers, Alzahra University aims at paving the way for the presence of gifted women in such places. As an academic point of reference in particular fields, Alzahra University educates capable and professional women who can satisfy the needs of their country.
 

Alzahra University, exclusively for women, was founded in the area of Vanak in 1964. In the beginning, this educational centre began giving its services as 'The Higher Educational Institute for Girls'. The first students to enroll were 90 in English Translation, Secretarial Studies, and Psychology. In the second year of its establishment , 1965-66, another field of study, Home Economics, was added and this allowed more students the opportunity to register.
During the academic year of 1975-76, the Higher Institute for Girls was expanded to a university with four faculties of Basic Sciences, Literature and Humanities, Economics and Administration Science.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the university under the new name of Alzahra University continued its activities. In 1986 , the four mentioned faculties were divided into separate fields of Basic Sciences and Social Sciences and Management and Literature and Arts. In 1994, faculties of Sport Sciences, Education Sciences, Psychology, and Technology and Engineering were founded. In 2001, by the permission of the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology; the faculty of Theology and Literature was divided into two separate faculties of literature, Languages and History and Theology. The number of faculties was then increased to eight.
The university has 316 faculty members who are permanently employed and about the same number of guest lecturers who teach At present, about 9000 students study at different levels of education: undergraduate, Masters and PhD.

Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Literature, Languages and History

Persian Language and Literature

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Persian Language and Literature—Mystical Literature

 

 

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Arabic Language and Literature

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Translating Arabic Language

 

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English Language and Literature

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

 

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French Language

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Russian Language

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Linguistics

 

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Teaching Persian Language to Speakers of Other Languages

 

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Persian Literature for Speakers of Other Languages

 

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History

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History of Islamic Iran

 

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History of Islam

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Theology

Quranic Sciences and Hadith

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Islamic Philosophy and Theology (i.e., Hikmat)

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Figh and Basics of Islamic Law

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Religions and Islamic Gnosticism (i.e., Irfan)

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History and Culture of Islamic Civilization

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Physical Education

P.E. and Sports Sciences, Motor Behavior

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Motor Behavior/Motor Learning and Control

 

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P.E. and Sports Sciences, Sports Management

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Sports Facility Management

 

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P.E. and Sports Sciences, Sports Physiology

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P.E. and Applied Sports Physiology

 

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Sports Marketing Management

 

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Motor Behavior and Motor Development

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Social and Economic Sciences

Economic Sciences

 

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Theoretical Economics

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Economic Development and Planning

 

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Energy Economics

 

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Social Sciences—Sociology

 

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Social Sciences Research

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Family Studies

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Women Studies—Women and Family

 

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Accounting

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Business Management-Marketing

 

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International Marketing Management

 

 

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Business Management

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Social Research

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Management of Information Technology and Advanced Information Systems

 

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Management of Information Technology, Electronic Business

 

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Financial Management

 

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System Management

 

 

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Master of Business Administration

 

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Law

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Women Studies, Women's Rights in Islam

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

Education and Psychology 

Counseling and Guidance

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Educational Psychology

 

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Psychology

 

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Psychology for Educating Exceptional Children

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Clinical Psychology

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Library and Information Science

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History and Philosophy of Education

 

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Philosophy of Education

 

 

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Educational Management

 

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Educational Sciences: Management and Curriculum Planning

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Educational Sciences: Curriculum Development

 

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Archival Studies

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

Mathematical Sciences

Statistics & Applications

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Mathematical Statistics

 

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Mathematics and Applications

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Applied Mathematics

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Mathematics

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Computer Sciences

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Biological Sciences

Biology: Biochemistry

 

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Biology: Biophysics

 

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Plant Sciences Biology: Physiology and Systematic Ecology

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Molecular Cell Biology in Biotechnology

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Molecular Cell Biology in Microbiology

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Biological Biotechnology

 

 

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Microbiological Biotechnology

 

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Plant Sciences Biology: Plant Physiology

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Physics and Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

 

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Inorganic Chemistry

 

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Organic Chemistry

 

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Analytical Chemistry

 

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Applied Chemistry

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Pure Chemistry

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Physics

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Condensed Matter Physics

 

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Molecular/Atomic Physics

 

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Particle Physics and Field Theory

 

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Astrophysics

 

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Solid State Physics

 

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Nanophysics

 

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Engineering Physics

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Photonic

 

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Nanochemistry

 

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Engineering and Technology

Industrial Engineering: Industries

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Industrial Engineering: Systems Planning and Analysis

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Computer Engineering: Software

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Computer Engineering: Artificial Intelligence

 

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IT Engineering

 

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Energy Systems Engineering

 

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Electrical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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Faculty

Field of study

Academic Level

BA/BSc

MA/MSc

PhD

 

Arts

Book Illustration and Miniature

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Visual Communication (Graphic Design)

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Painting

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Handicrafts

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Textile Design

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Fashion Design

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Textile & Fashion Design

 

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Industrial Design

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Art Research

 

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