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The present location of the university of Tehran's main campus in its establishing stage probably had no fundamental fault. But the gradual expansion of Tehran and the increase of its population especially in the post-revolution era has continued in such uncontrollable dimensions that it does not allow any further development of the campus,  from the university as the mother university is continuous quantitative and qualitative development. This demand cannot be fulfilled without the acquisition of further space around the present location.


The necessity for the physical expansion of the university of Tehran around the existing area has been considered for many years. For this very reason, a project has been approved by the authorities on the basis of which by purchasing the commercial and residential buildings and lands round the university. 

The position of the university of Tehran (gray) and the proposed expansion area


The university of Tehran as an important and symbolic representative of the higher education of the country, now is in a poor physical condition. The ever increasing density of the students and the activities has led the university authorities to move some of the faculties and the research canters to the off campus locations. Even though, the per student area is still as low as high school levels and far below the standard limits in some faculties. In addition to some of the departments in the main campus such as the central library, the auditoriums, the restaurant, the mosque, the biochemistry and biophysics research centers provide services to the off campus students, too.

In order to improve the existing situation there is an urgent need to expand some of the departments and faculties (Figure 2) in a larger area to prevent further loss of educational and research qualities. In general the need for the development of the university of Tehran may be summarized as:

1.      Lack of the required area has limited the university to upgrade the quality of education in some faculties (Figure 3 & Table 2). If these shortages extend longer, students may not the trained according to the acceptable standards.

2.      Lack of the required area has prevented the university to provide enough ground to set up the new equipment and the required research departments (Figure 3).

3.      The environmental parameters in and around the university are deteriorating. There is an urgent need to deal with the air pollution, water pollution, waste management, traffic problem, shortage of the green area, parking problem and so on.

4.      The cultural parameters in and around the university are to be addressed. The University of Tehran as a unique cultural center with honorable history is expected to play an important role in upgrading the cultural activities in the capital.

5.      There is an increasing need to expand the sport fields for the students and the academic staff.

6.      Increasing the role of women as student and staff needs more secure environment. Therefore, to meet the increasing demand from the female population for further participation in the education and research, a more secure environment is required.



Table 2: The number of students, area of land, as built area and total built existing situation compared with those of the development plan


Existing situation

Future situation

Number of students inside the campus



Land area

21 Hectares

55 Hectares

Total built

162000 square meters

362000 square meters

As built area



Student density

970 people per hectare

370 people per hectare

Per capita land (m2)






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