University of Tehran (Tehran University or UT‎) is the oldest modern university located in Tehran, Iran. It is also one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. Based on its historical, socio-cultural, and political pedigree, as well as its research and teaching profile, UT has been nicknamed “The mother university of Iran”. It has been ranked as one of the best universities in the Middle East in national and international rankings and among the top universities in the world.[3][4][5] It is also the premier knowledge producing institute among all OIC countries.[6]The university offers 111 bachelor’s degree programs, 177 master’s degree programs, and 156 Ph.D. programs.[7] Many of the departments were absorbed into the University of Tehran from the Dar al-Funun established in 1851 and the Tehran School of Political Sciences established in 1899.