About RIAU

Following the foundation of Islamic Azad University (IAU) in large cities like Tehran, Islamic Azad University Roudehen Branch(RIAU) was founded on November 5, 1983 in the vicinity of capital city Tehran. This has opened up new horizons in the development of Roudehen city. Since 1986, the city has witnessed such changes as rapid development of the university, migration, population growth, and socioeconomic changes which are still on the increase. One of the benefactors who helped establish this higher education center was the late Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Mirkhani who, besides his religious activities and authoring books, was interested in social and cultural affairs. He generously donated a building for the university to obtain the permit to establish a branch. Thanks to his generous effort, thousands of young knowledge seekers from all around the country have attended the university to reap the benefit. Seyed Kazem Shariatpanahi was appointed the first chancellor of Roudehen Branch which was formally inaugurated on November 5, 1983 by top ranking officials from Islamic Azad University and local authorities. The first groups of students were admitted on the spring semester of the academic year 1983-84. Having been busy with a few responsibilities in IAU testing center, Mr. Shariatpanahi resigned and on September 1986, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini was appointed as the next chancellor of IAU Roudehen Branch. Seyed Mehdi Hosseini's tenure as the Roudehen Branch chancellor lasted about 21 years. On November 2007, Dr. Gholamhossein Heidari was assigned as the third chancellor who had taken the position for 5 years. On August 26, 2012, Prof. Alireza Iranbakhsh was appointed as the chancellor of Islamic Azad University Roudehen Branch. Since April 14, 2014, Prof. Naghi Shoja has been appointed as the fifth RIAU chancellor. After three decades of going through the rollercoaster of ups and downs, RIAU has relied on the protection of divine providence and banked on the supports of a reservoir of expert knowledge in university on its way to success. As a result of its successful academic achievements and development all through these years, the university has recently been granted the grade of "Comprehensive" which positions the university among the top IAU branches. This outstanding success in the history of RIAU, as the largest university in the eastern Tehran, has created an atmosphere to further its academic endeavors.