There are several top universities in Tehran. There is always debates about their rank. But in computer science the most accepted ranking is as follows:
- Sharif University of Technology (SUT)
- Tehran University (UT)
- Amirkabir Univeristy (Tehran Polytechnic) (AUT)
- Shahid Beheshti University (SBU)
- Science and Technology
Because of geographical barrier, there is not a lot of conferences and workshops here as much as other active counties. So the ranks corresponding to our universities are not really high.
But considering this fact that most talented students in our Iran prefer to study computer science and computer engineering these days, we can conclude that students in these universities (with high probability) have a good cognitive abilities to do a great job in the graduate studies.
To be concrete, let’s explain the ratio a bit more: Each year, there is university entrance exam in which around 200,000 students participate. And only about 500 people can get admission to the above universities. And because of the growth of online material such as lecture notes, assignments, and resources, students here are able to use material from top universities. So in undergradute studies, I claim that there is not a significant difference between our universities and top universities aournd the world. But for graduate studies, I think this is not true firstly because in graduate level studies, the advisor plays a cruisal role. To motivate faculties to do great up-to-date research, we need to invest a huge amount of money, otherwise, professors pay less emphesize on their advisory roles and focus on more money making jobs. Because there is not much funding usually in Iran, we can not expect to bring great output here. The second reason is the distance. Actually there is not a lot of international conferences here in Iran, so we can access to new material just through the papers. Ofcourse there is a one year (or more) gap between a finding and its paper. So on average we are behind at least by 1 year.
About Amirkabir University (From topuniversities.com)
Amirkabir University of Technology is one of the oldest higher education technical and engineering institutes in Iran. With more than 35000 graduates since 1977, AUT has been offering continuous brilliance and contributed to the achievement of many educational and research goals. Today AUT is considered one of the top schools in the region and one of the top 400 leading schools around the globe. In the heart of the most dynamic city in Iran, AUT includes more than 16 departments, 16 centers of excellence, and 32 research centers and institutes. AUT started its activities in 1958 and over time expanded its size and quality becoming a major comprehensive university in research and technology, to the point that it is presently referred to as “The Pioneer Technical University in Iran”. With its educational facilities, social life and strong institutional and industrial contacts, AUT has always been preferred by Iran’s most distinguished student and maintains its innovative learning.