Office of President
The University of Tehran is the first and largest university in Iran with an international recognition. Named "Mother University" and the “Symbol of Iran's Higher Education”, it is one of the most renowned and notable academic, cultural, and political centers in Iran which, in addition to training the experts needed by various organizations and sectors, has always been influential in the sociopolitical structure of the society. Since the beginning of its activity, many renowned scholars and highly respected figures in the modern history of Iran such as Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, Mahmoud Hesabi, Morteza Motahari, Mohammad Moffateh, Mostafa Chamran have studied, taught, and conducted research at the University of Tehran. Among contemporary Iranian cultural and political figures in pre and post-Revolution of Iran, you find many state Ministers, members of the Parliament, Speakers of Parliament, Supreme Judges and members of the Guardian Council who are the faculty members of the University of Tehran.
The President of the University is the CEO and the top manager who is appointed through the proposal of the Minister of Science, Research and Technology and approval of the High Council of Cultural Revolution. The University has had 31 Presidents since its establishment. Since 2008, the President of the University is Professor Farhad Rahbar, a faculty member of the department of Economics. Few advisors and senior advisors assist the President in his tasks. Daily functions of the President are carried out by the Office of the President which is comprised of the Secretariat of the President, the Secretariat of the Board of Trustees (Senate) and the Document Center. These units are overseen by the Director General of the President's Office.
Main Responsibilities of the President
1.Supervising current University activities within approved regulations
2.Deciding on the administrative global policies of the University within scientific, educational, and research policies of the Country
3.Presenting the University's annual report to the Board of Trustees
4.Appointing the deans of the Faculties and Colleges based on the recommendation of the faculty members
5.Appointing and chairing the Board of Directors of the University
6.Chairing the University Council
7.Legally representing the University before respective authorities
The Management Organization of the University
The University of Tehran has a non-centralized structure, with a two dimensional structure of Education-Research and Administration. However, due to its vast structure and diverse functions, the University enjoys a multilayer decision making system. Hence, a complex structure has been established through the years to manage the University. The followings are some of the managing bodies of the University.
Other than the President, there exists other decision making bodies and directors who administer the organization of the University.
The Board of Trustees which has the highest position in the University and overlooks the future educational expansion, financial projections and other major plans of the University. Initial examination of the proposals are scheduled in the Permanent Commission of the Board of Trustees The Board of Directors is the highest executive body of the University, chaired by the President of the University and consists of 6 vice presidents: Academic VP, Research VP, International VP, Planning VP, Administration and Finance VP, Student and Cultural Affairs VP, who execute and run the administrative functions of the University.
The Commissions are the 6 specialized commissions of Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each Commission consists of the Deans of the related Faculties and Schools. It is responsible for all academic approvals of the University, such as looking into the content of new programs, establishment of new centers, departments and faculties, either to propose to the Board of Trustees, the University Council, Board of Directors or the different bodies of the University for official approval.
The University Council is the highest decision making body of the University, with over 80 members and chaired by the President, consists of the Deans of the Colleges and Faculties and the Board of Directors. The Council has empowered the Selective Committee, chaired by the President and consists of 6 Vice-Presidents and directorates of 6 Commissions, to examine and approve the proposals.
Colleges and Faculties The University consists of Colleges, Faculties, Research Institutes and Centers. Each Faculty consists of different Departments and Sections. Other than individual faculties, the institute and research centers (affiliated to the colleges and faculties as well as independent ones) are part of the University’s research body.