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Khayyam University: An Overview
Khayyam University, formerly known as Khayyam Institute of Higher Education, is a private non-profit academic institution approved by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran. The permission to establish Khayyam Institute of Higher Education was obtained in 1991. However, it officially started operating in 1992 by accepting the first intake of students who had sat The Iranian University Entrance Exam or so called “Konkour”.
In accordance with the national policy of developing higher education, Khayyam, over years, has managed to add many other departments and keep expanding. In recognition of its outstanding scientific, educational and academic achievements, and after meeting the requirements and providing the necessary infrastructure, Khayyam was granted university status in 2014.
This university is made up of three separate campuses:
Campus no.1 is 15000 square meters and contains about 15000 of build-up area.
Campus no.2 is 13500 square meters and contains 10000 of build-up area.
Campus no.3 is a multi-storied building of 1800 square meters used as the center for extra-curricular activities and research which includes a language college too. Khayyam University comprises seven faculties and fourteen departments. It offers courses at graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently, there are seventy-two full time faculty members and sixty part time lectures teaching at Khayyam University. The university also benefits from the presence and experience of over two hundreds visiting lectures. The main objective and priority of the university is to keep filling its teaching vacancies with lectures holding PhD degrees. Almost every year, the permission to employ new faculty members holding PhD is given by the board of trustees to the hiring committee of the university.
The number of students who are now studying at Khayyam University is 5260. An estimated number of 16000 students have graduated since the establishment of the university.
Details about departments, majors and sub-disciplines are as follows:
1. Faculty of Engineering
   Department of Computer Engineering
     M. Eng. in Artificial Intelligence
     B. Eng. in Computer Software, Hard Ware, and IT
     B. Eng. in Computer Software Technology
   Department of Electric Power Engineering
     B. Eng. in Power, Control, Electronic, and Telecommunications
     B. Eng. in Medical Engineering: Bioelectronics, Biomaterials, and Biomechanics
   Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
     M. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion)
     B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering
     B. Eng. in Industrial Engineering
   Department of Civil Engineering
     M. Eng. in Civil Engineering (Construction)
     M. Eng. in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics)
     B. Eng. in Civil Engineering
     B. Eng. in Surveying Engineering
     M. Eng. in Road and Transportation
2. Faculty of Sciences
   Department of Physics
     Ph. D in Astrophysicsv
     M. Sc. in Physics
     B. Eng. in Optics and Laser
   Department of Mathematics
     M. Sc. in Pure Mathematics
     B. Sc. in Applied Mathematics
   Department of Statistics
     M. Sc. in Socio-economic Statistics
3. Faculty of Letters and Humanities
   Department of English
     M. A in English Literature
     B. A in English Literature
     B. A in English Translation
   Department of Persian Language and Literature
     B. A in Persian Language and Literature
   Department of Theology
    Catering to other departments by offering general courses in ethics, theology and Islamic studies
4. Faculty of Education Sciences
   Department of Sociology, Psychology and Counselling
     M. A in General Psychology
     B. A in Psychology
     B. A in Sociology
     B. A in Counselling
5. Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
   Department of Accounting
     M. Acc. in Accounting
     B. Acc. in Accounting
     B. AAcc. in Applied Accounting
     B. FMgt. in Financial Management
     A. Acc. in Associate of Accounting
6. Faculty of Arts and Architecture
   Department of Architecture
     M. EArch. in Architecture
     B. ERrch. in Architecture
     B. UEng.S in Urban Engineering
     B. ASArch. in Applied Science Architecture
     A. SArch. in Associate Architecture
7. Faculty of Physical Education
   Department of Physical Education
     B. Sc. in Sports Sciences
Khayyam University: Facilities
No. Title Quantity Details
1 Classes 47 Every class is 50 sq. meters accommodating 50 students and mostly equipped with projectors.
2 Labs 32 Physics department:
Physics lab 1-2-3, optics and modern physics
Computer department:
Computer architecture, microprocessor, operating system, database, computer lab, network lab, network operating system, circuits, digital electronics,
Mechanics department:
Fluid mechanics, strength of materials, Dynamics and vibration, thermodynamics, heat transfer.
Civil engineering department:
Soil mechanics, concrete and construction materials, hydraulics.
Department of electronics:
electronics lab 1, measurement and circuit lab, digital systems 1 and 2, electronic machinery 1 and 2, industrial electronics, analog electronics, digital and pulse circuits.
3 Workshops 12 Computer department:
General workshop, electronics workshop, fundamentals of PC assembling, workshop, network workshop, industrial design workshop.
Department of mechanical and industrial engineering:
Automation, casting and welding, machine tool.
4 Observatory 1 Newtonian reflector telescope TAL 150 P, made in Russia and powered by electricity.
5 Language lab 1 A 60 square-meter lab with 30 cabins equipped with PC and audio-visual devices.
6 Audio-visual 34 Every class is fitted with PC and overhead projectors.
7 Computer sites 3 They are equipped with 150 PC’s. The whole area of the site has been partitioned into 3 separate sections of 1037 sq. meters put together.
8 Sports arena 1 A multi-purpose roofed arena of 1500 sq. meters, used for teaching and training purposes. It is also a venue for holding sports competitions.
9 Auditoriums 3 With the capacity of seating100 to 400 attendees, they are venues for holding talks, lectures, ceremonies, conferences and audio-visual related activities.
10 Conference rooms 2 The central conference room is in the main building. It is 70 square meters and accommodates 30 people and equipped with projectors. The second conference room is located in campus no. 2. It is a large room of 48 sq. meters and its capacity is 13 people.
11 Architecture ateliers 15 Containing 330 drafting tables and light tables. Equipped with projectors, whiteboards and an archive for holding top design projects.
12 Libraries 2 1000 sq. meters so that, holding over 50000 print and e-books. Different sections: reference, journals, theses. The libraries subscribe to 850 databases.
13 Study halls 4 2 separate study halls for girls and another two for boys on two campuses seating 220 and 92 students in total.
14 Counselling units 2 The unit opened in 1995 offering counselling services to students. One is on campus and the other on campus 3.
15 Students Islamic and scientific societies, and formations.   The university is home to 12 Scientific Societies, 5 Cultural Centers and one student Formation which are involved in holding lectures, seminars, extracurricular courses, conducting national and cultural ceremonies as well as participating in relevant socio-political activities. The total space allocated to their activities is 180 square meters of partitioned sections.
16 Prayer halls 2 Each of the separate campuses of the university has its own prayer hall. The prayer hall on Campus no. 1 is 250 square meters which has been divided up to two 125 sq. m. partitioned sections for male and female students. The prayer hall on Campus no. 2 covers 160 square meters allotting 80 square meters for female and male students separately. The halls also host religious functions and ceremonies.
17 Dining Halls 2 Campus no. 1 contains a dining hall of 620 square meters which includes two separate coffeehouses. Similarly, campus no. 2 has a dining hall of about 250 sq. m.
18 Cafeterias 4 Two outdoor and indoor cafeterias covering 450 sq. meters of space.
19 Dormitory 1 The university provides residential quarters for only female students. There is an off-campus dormitory within walking distance of the main campus. It is a five-storied apartment building holding 40 rooms which can accommodate 180 residents. The building has a study hall, a T.V room and a prayer hall. Every floor has communal bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Every room has been fitted with beds and a refrigerator. The dorm also provides free wifi and central heating and cooling systems. Residents can also benefit from the services of an on-call physician and consultant. The dorm’s security is guaranteed under the supervision of custodians and the administrative staff. Transport services are available to take residents to for a visit to Imam Reza Holy Shrine on Thursday evenings.