Islamic Azad University ( Babol Branch) was founded in 1986 by a great benevolent & honorable man of Mazandaran (a province in Iran), Dr. Seyyed Ali Tabaripour. He started its academic activities with the admission of several students in a few programs. This branch is situated in Babol, a city in Mazandaran Province in the north of Iran, 20 km south of the Caspian Sea.
Then, in 1999, Hassan Gholipour appointed as the chancellor of this university. He expanded this branch and built up the new complex of the university in Gorji Abad, Babol.
Also now it, a IAU branch, that equipped with modern laboratory appliances, research centers, scientific journals, cultural and student achievements and multiple Student Association, has been developed by the auspices of Dr. Hassan Gholipour in all fields such as veterinary, social sciences, management, Arabic Literature and Language, Persian Literature, Accounting, Architecture Engineering, Computer Engineering, English Language Teaching, fishery, Breeding, Islamic Jurisprudence & Law, Economics, History, Chemistry, Physical Education, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, Nursery, Midwifery, Elementary Education, Librarianship, etc.
It should be mentioned this University has about 124 full-time faculty members who have graduated from different universities around the world and Iran. The university also has about 9000 students who are studying in educational programs and about 26750 students have graduated from the university since 1986.
Meantime, University of Babol Branch in line with its strategic policies based on attaining a sustainable development in both research and education, has established academic links with a number of accredited international institutions. At present, the university is a full member of “International Association of Universities Executive Committee”. Most of the students who graduated from this university are at MA levels. Therefore, this university is moving towards a bright future with assured steps, and it will create and develop more suitable methods to meet the basic needs of this province and region like educating expert and skillful persons and supporting the government organization.