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Tehran University (Iran)

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[Flag of Tehran University] image by Ivan Sache, 22 October 2018

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Tehran University

This flag dates from the period since the creation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, as can be seen from the version of the Iranian National Flag used in this institutional flag. The university was founded at the beginning of the 20th Century, although it was not until the 1920s that it began to grow and develop. Since the abolition of the name 'Persia', the university has undergone a number of name changes; University of Teheran has remained more or less constant, but the modifying adjectives have included Imperial, Pahlavi, Persian, and a number of others.
Ron Lahav, 28 December 2008

The University of Tehran (UT), inaugurated in winter 1934, has its roots in Dar-ol-Fonoon, the engineering school established in 1851 during the Qajar dynasty. This was the first modern school in the country, founded by Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Persia Amir Kabir (1848-1851) after a journey to Russia and the Ottoman Empire. Engineering, medical and industrial sciences were initially taught by seven Austrian professors.

UT manages seven campuses: Central, Alborz, Fouman, Rezvanshahr, Jolfa (international), Kish (international), Pakdash, Qom. It is composed of 9 Colleges, 45 Faculties and Schools, 133 Departments and more than 50 Research Centers., UT website

The flag of UT is white with the university's emblem in the center.

The emblem of UT is based on a plaster plaque of the Sassanian period, whose main characteristics are:
1. Wings and feathers in Sassanian art are symbols of god Bahram (Mars); Sassanian kings, due to their aspiration to expand the power of their divine splendor, needed the patronage of this god. Wing motif besides being a symbol of Bahram can be a symbol of mythical Simurgh (phoenix) and its significant role in Sassanian art. Moreover it is a symbol of bird and ascending to heaven.
2. The circle is a symbol of sun and its surrounding pearls being a symbol of harvest, are two of Mithra symbols frequently seen in Sassanian art. In addition it is supposed to have a relation with Anahita, the water goddess; motifs being placed inside this circle can be a symbol of divine splendor which help the designer to gain the organizational points of the university.
3. The short Pahlavi inscription placed above this Sassanian seal which means excessive glory is similar to the way the word “Iran” is written. There is also an apparent resemblance between the word of Tehran University writing in the present logo and the plaster plaque.

M. Emami & M. Hessahi. 2015. The usage of ancient Sassanian heritage in emblem design. Case study: Tehran University logo. Honar-Ha-Ye-Ziba (Honar-Ha-Ye-Tajassomi) [Journal of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)] 20:3, 17-24. (English abstract)

Ivan Sache, 22 October 2018

Variant with national flag

Tehran University image located by Bill Garrison, 13 September 2019