By: Mir M.Hosseini
After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Mohammad Seddoughi and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khatami started efforts to build a university in Yazd. In late 1986, the Ministry of Higher Education decided on establishing a university in Yazd. On Aug, 23, 1987, during a meeting at governor's office project outlines were approved. In September Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi started the foundation of the University of Yazd during a ceremony on a field of 300 acres.
On Feb, 7, 1989, the University of Yazd was officially inaugurated by endowment of 38 students under presidency of Dr. Jalil Shahi.
After its foundation in 1988, the University of Yazd witnessed a period of rapid growth ever since. The university offers degrees in Ph.D. (12), Masters (43), and Bachelors (59) levels.
The University currently has 5 main faculties as follows:
Faculty of Art: Ever since it's founding, the College of Architecture has built up a national reputation for excellence, and is widely recognized as one of the leading academic departments of architecture in Iran. The college has been visited by notables such as Arata Isozaki and Rem Koolhaas.
Faculty of Engineering: Hosts the departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Textile Engineering.
Faculty of Humanities: Hosts 15 separate departments.
Faculty of Natural Resources: Consists of 30 academic members active in 3 departments namely Watershed & Range Management, Environmental Engineering, and Land Use & Reclamation of Dry Land.
Faculty of Sciences: Hosts of departments of Pure & Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Physics.