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The History of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


The first proposal for launching Ferdowsi University of Mashhad was announced concurrently with the establishment of Tehran University in 1934. However the first step was the opening of the higher Institute of Public Health rather than Medical School in 1949. Shortly after the institute had admitted its first medical students, in December 1949 this institute was officially inaugurated as the first Center for Medical Science in North-East Iran, by the Minister of culture, the late Dr. Zanganeh. Finally in 1956 after the foundation of the faculties of literature and Theology, the complex was named "Mashhad University" and in 1957. The rules and regulations for employment and education in this new university were conducted according to those of Tehran University.

Since then other faculties were gradually added according to the local demands; the Faculty of Science (1961), the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Agriculture (1973), the Faculty of Engineering (1975), the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (1987), the Faculty of Veterinary (1991), the Faculty of Mathematics (1996), the Faculty of Architecture, the Faculty of Urbanism and Islamic Arts, and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment (2001). In 1975 after the separation of Medical Sciences from the university, "Mashhad University" was renamed to "Ferdowsi University of Mashhad".

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad has now nearly seven decades of brilliant educational, research and cultural history and is well known among higher education institutes in Iran. It is currently one of the nations top three universities and also the largest center of higher education in North-East of Iran.

At present, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad is composed of 12 faculties, 38 research centers, 7 centers of excellence, 820 faculty members (%50 of whom are professors or associate professors), over 20000 students (9996 undergraduate, 6143 Masters, and 3905 Ph.D. students), and 1050 Ferdowsi staffs.

Currently, 1279 foreign students are enrolled in different academic courses at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. In addition, there are also 187 foreign students who are passing their six-month training courses in language at the International Center for Teaching Persian to Non-Persian Speakers. These students would begin their academic education when they pass this six-month course.

University Honors

Honorable persons

  • Dr. Ali Shariati, distinguished faculty member of History
  • Professor Mohammad Taghi Fatemi, Professor of Mathematics
  • Dr. Ali Akbar Fayyaz, Professor of Persian Language and Literature
  • Dr. Gholam Hossein Yousefi, Professor of Persian Language and Literature
  • Dr. Sayyed Jalal al-Din Ashtiyani, Professor of Islamic Philosophy
  • Dr. Kazem Modir-shanechi, Professor of Quranic Sciences and Hadith
  • Dr. Mohammad Vaezzadeh, Professor of Quranic Sciences and Hadith

 University Distinguished Professors

  • Late Dr. Hossein Razmjoo, Department of Persian Language and Literature
  • Late Dr. Mohammad Ali Rajaee Bokharaee, Department of Persian Language and Literature
  • Late Dr. Lotf-Allah Mafakham Payan, Department of Geography
  • Late Dr. Sayyed Mohammad Taghi Edalati Sharbaf, Department of Physics
  • Late Javvad Hadidi, Department of French Language and Literature
  • Dr. Sayyed Mohammad Alavi Moghaddam, Department of Persian Language and Literature
  • Dr. Rampoor Sadr Nabavi, Department of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Afzal Forooghi, Department of French Language and Literature
  • Dr. Rahmatollah Fattahi, Department of Information Sciences and Knowledge Studies
  • Dr. Gholam-Hossein Haghniya, Department of Soil sciences
  • Dr. Elaheh Kafshdar Goharshadi, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Mohammad Sal Moslehiyan, Department of Pure Mathematics
  • Dr. Mohammad-Reza Taraghiyan, Department of Applied Mathematics
  • Dr. Naser-Reza Arghami, Department of Applied Mathematics

Education

  • Winner of the National Award for Outstanding Student by a student from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, August 2015
  • Achieving the first rank in National Nano Competition of Iran at the Bachelor level, September, 2015
  • The best Award winner poster at the International Conference on Nano in Mashhad, June, 2015
  • Award winner of two bronze medals at the Chemistry Olympiad in the 20th Scientific Student Olympiad, August, 2015
  • Achieving the first rank National Sheikh-Bahai Techno-preneurship Festival, May, 2015
  • Achieving the second rank in 16th National Statistics Students’ Competition by the students’ team of the Faculty of Mathematics, September, 2015
  • Achieving the first rank at the National Robotic Competition by the robotic team of Engineering Faculty, September, 2015
  • Achieving the third rank at the 19th Student Scientific Olympiad, September, 2014
  • Achieving the third rank in practical projects of Khwarizmi International Awards, 2014
  • Achieving the First and the second rank in Robotic League, March, 2014
  • Achieving the first rank at the 19th National Chemistry Olympiad, August, 2014
  • Achieving the second rank at the 19th Scientific Student Olympiad, September, 2014
  • Award winner of the best doctoral thesis, September, 2013
  • Achieving the first and the third ranks at the 18th Scientific Student Olympiad, October, 2013

Research

  • Achieving the Rank 3 in Iran, 95th in Asia, 455th in world based on 4ICU Ranking, 2015
  • Award winner of Dehkhoda Medal for 2 faculty members of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, December, 2015
  • Ferdowsi University of Mashhad ranked in the top one percent of the world's influential universities, July, 2015
  • Developing the technical knowledge of reproducing one of the world’s top five flowers by researchers, August, 2015
  • Acknowledging two faculty member of the Department of Chemistry as Iran’s prominent chemists, September, 2015
  • Achieving the third and the fourth ranks in modern languages and chemical engineering based on QS ranking 2014
  • Achieving the sixth rank among universities affiliated to the Ministry of Science based on URAP ranking system, 2014
  • Paying tributes to 3 distinguished faculty members of Geology as Iran’s Top Scientists, October, 2013
  • Achieving the First rank in the 20th Student Yearbook Festival in the field of Art and Architecture, December, 2013

Research and Technology

  • Achieving the first rank in innovation by “Rekab Sabz” team of the Faculty of Engineering Faculty, March, 2016
  • Achieving the third rank in ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest by the programming team of Computer Department, January, 2016
  • POD system at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad won a Silver FAB Award, June, 2015
  • Achieving the first rank at the 5th Communication and IT Festival, May, 2015
  • Achieving the First rank at the Web Iran Festival, December, 2015
  • Achieving the second national rank in the Web page size index based on SCIMAGO, 2014
  • Achieving the third rank at 4th Communication and Technology Festival in the field of Information, May, 2014
  • Achieving a top rank in Simulation lab among 8 top teams in the RoboCup World Championship, August, 2015

 Culture and Sport

  • Achieving Championship at 13th Male Cultural-sport Olympiad, September, 2016
  • Achieving the second rank at 13th Female Cultural-sport Olympiad, September, 2016
  • Achieving championship at Public Sport Olympiad of Girls, September, 2015
  • Achieving by the Consulting Center of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad as the outstanding consulting center of Iran , March, 2016
  • Winning 11 outstanding titles by the Art and Cultural Center of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Rooyesh Festival, June, 2015
  • Winner of the title of outstanding lady of Khorasan Razavi by a faculty member, April, 2015
  • Achieving the championship at 12th Male Cultural-sport Olympiad, September, 2014
  • Achieving the second rank at 12th Female Cultural-sport Olympiad, September, 2014
  • Achieving the first rank in cultural activities of Iran universities, 2013
  • Achieving the 11th top ranks in Quran competitions of region 3, May, 2013
  • Achieving the first, the second, and the third ranks in Quran Festival of Iran, October, 2013
  • Achieving the 5 top ranks at the Khwarizmi Festival in the field of student press, May, 2013
  • Achieving the 4 top ranks at the 7th international Festivals of Press and News agencies, May, 2013
  • Achieving the 4 top ranks at the Quran competitions of faculty members, July, 2013
  • Winner of 9 top titles for Art and Cultural Centers at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, March 15, 2013
  • Winner of 8 top titles at Motion Festival, December, 2011
  • Achieving the third rank at the Students’ National Quran Competition, May, 2011