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Kharazmi University at a Glance

The first institution for educating teachers for primary schools of Iran was established as Darol-Mo'allemin-e Markazi (Central House of Teachers) in the building of the Ministry of Culture in Takht-e-Zomorod district of Tehran in 1919. With the increase in the number of schools in Iran and the growing need for trained teachers, Darol-Mo'allemin-e Markazi was upgraded to Darol-Mo'allemin Aali (Higher House of Teachers) by the Higher Council for Sciences in October 1926. In December 1927, the Iranian Parliament passed a law to modify the statute of the latter institution to support it further and help employ its graduates nationwide.

Subsequently, Darol-Mo'allemin Aali was divided into two major departments: ‘scientific' and ‘literary'. In 1932, Darol-Mo'allemin Aali was relocated to Negarestan building, as part of the Negarestan Garden, the summer residence of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar (the second king of the Qajar dynasty in 1808). Darol-Mo'allemin Aali was renamed to Danesh-saraye-ali (Higher Training College) in 1933. In 1963, the government's board of ministers supplanted the Danesh-saraye-ali with the organization for Teacher Education and Educational Research. The organization was rebadged again as Danesh-saraye-ali, however, and was sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education (after the ministry was founded in the country in 1967). 

In 1974, with the approval of the Council for the Expansion of Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education, Danesh-saraye-ali was promoted to Teacher Training University with its own dedicated board of trustees. The university was subsequently assigned with the task of developing teacher education programs across the country, and Danesh-saraye-alis or Higher Training Colleges were duly established in Zahedan, Sanandaj and Yazd, while the Science Schools in Arak and Kashan were affiliated with Teacher Training University, too. Plus, two affiliated branches of the university were established in Sabzevar and Tabriz in 1987 and 1989, respectively. 

In 1990, all the higher education institutions affiliated with or established by Teacher Training University (also called Tarbiat Moallem University) were separated from and granted independence by the Council for the Expansion of Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education. 

Following its restructuring and new missions, the university changed its name to Kharazmi University in January, 2012, in order to further expand and strengthen the educational and research activities at the university. Furthermore, the University of Economic Sciences was merged with Kharazmi University according to the decision made on 15.03.2015 at the Council for the Expansion of Higher Education at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. 

Currently, the university is comprised of 5 vice-chancellor offices, 16 faculties, 4 research institutions, 4 research centers, 2 national centers of (research) excellence, 460 members of academic staff (40 full professors, 90 associate professors, 297 assistant professors, and 33 instructors). It offers a wide range of programs at Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate levels to both Iranian and international students.

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