University of Urmia

Urmia University
دانشگاه اروميه
Urmia University Logo
© Urmia University
Established 1965
Type Public
President Full Prof. Hasaan Sedghi
Academic staff about 400
Admin. staff about 800
Students 15,000
Undergraduates 14,000
Postgraduates up to 1,000

Iran Urmia, West Azarbaijan Province, Iran
37°39′24.82″N 44°59′12.42″E / 37.6568944°N 44.9867833°E / 37.6568944; 44.9867833

Campus Urban & Suburban
Athletics ? teams

Urmia University (Persian: دانشگاه ارومیه‎) (also known as University of Urmia) is a major university in the city of Urmia, the capital of West Azarbaijan province of Iran. The university is considered one of the most prestigious, government-sponsored institutions of higher education in Iran. The university has five campuses, seven faculties, more than 14,000 students, and exclusive research centers in Microelectronic, Antenna and Microwave Laboratory, NanoTechnology, MEMS, and Artimia. It is the first largest university of Iran's northwest according internet webometric statistics. The university also has two campuses in Khoy and Miyandoab city. Urmia University is one of Iran's "Grade A" universities.


Early accounts

The university was founded by Joseph Cochran as a medical school in 1878. He is also often credited for founding Iran’s "first contemporary medical college".[1]

The website of Urmia University credits Cochran for "lowering the infant mortality rate in the region" Urmia.

The university website says this about Cochran and his team:

There they lie in peace away from their homeland, and the testimonial epitaphs on their tombs signify their endeavor and devotion to humanity.

The later developments (1965-)

The base for current state of Urmia University is established in 1965, when agricultural college of Rezaeiye is established. Mr. Shabani who was an agricultural engineer was the first consular of university. In 1969, the animal science building is established inside the university and also the agricultural department is expanded. With the new developments the complex entitled University of Rezaeye. After revolution in 1979, the name of the university is changed to Urmia University.[2]

The Urmia University of Medical Sciences detached from the main school in 1985.[3]


The main campus of Urmia University is in Urmia, Iran. It is close to the Iran-Turkey international sero border, which is the symbol of open doors to European union. This university has six campuses in Urmia and West Azarbayjan state. Nazlou Campus is the most important of these; it embraces the majority of the faculties in a vast area.

Urmia University has five main campuses:

  • Nazlu Campus (11th km of Serow road near to Nazlu village)
  • City Campus (Inside Urmia city)
  • Literature Campus (inside Urmia city)
  • School of Engineering Campus (1.5th km of Serow road)
  • School of Arts (inside Urmia city)
  • Khoy Campus


  • UU Chemistry Department
  • UU Civil Engineering Department
  • UU Computer Engineering Department
  • UU Electrical engineering Department
  • UU Management and Economics School
  • UU Mechanical Engineering Department
  • UU Physics Department
  • UU Languages and Linguistics Center
  • Central library
  • UU Mosque
  • The gym
  • Publication Office
  • The Restaurant


  • Engineering Faculty (including Departments of Mechanical Engineering (BSc., MSc. and PhD), Civil Engineering (BSc., MSc. and PhD), Electrical Engineering (Electronic) (BSc., MSc. and PhD), Antenna Design (BSc., MSc. and PhD), Telecommunication (BSc., MSc. and PhD), Power engineering (B.c, M.s), Signal Processing (BSc., MSc. and PhD) and Mining Engineering (BSc., MSc. and PhD), and Computer Engineering (BSc., MSc. and PhD)).
  • Science Faculty (including Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology).
  • Agriculture Faculty.
  • Literature & Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty.
  • Veterinary Faculty.
  • Arts Faculty.
  • Natural Sources Faculty.


Some notable buildings of the university:

  • Central Library of Urmia University [2]
  • Shahid Chamran Hall of Urmia University
  • Azadegan Gymnasium of Urmia University.
  • The Mosque of Urmia University.

Research centers

  • Artemia & Aquatic Animals Research Center [4](English)
  • MicroElectronics Research Center, established by Prof. Hadidi from UCLA, USA [5]
  • MicroMachine Research Center [6]
  • Biological Sciences Research Center [7]
  • Urmia University Research Center of Structure
  • Antenna and High Frequency Research Center, established by Prof. Ghobadi and Prof. Nourinia
  • Artimia Research Center
  • MEMS Lab.
  • Nanotechnology Center


Chancellor Tenure Alma mater Speciality
Prof. Hassan Sedghi 2008-CURRENT Australia University of New South Wales Australia Physics

Notable Aluminy

  • Isa Kalantari, former Minster of Agriculture in Iran.
  • Mohammad Oraz, First Iranian climbed Mt. Everest.

Other public universities in Iranian Azerbaijan

See also


External links

  • Urmia University website
  • Urmia University website (Persian)
  • Urmia University Museum of Natural History website (Persian)
  • Science & Technology Park of West Azarbaijan Province (Persian)
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