Imam Hussein University (IHU)

Also Known As: 

Imam Hussein University of the Revolutionary Guards

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Military


Near Fourth Square, Tehran Pars, Shahid Babaie Highway, near Hakimiyeh and Mini-city, Tehran, Iran





A public university and military academy overseen by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is involved in nuclear, missile, chemical weapon, and military research.

According to the U.S. Department of State, has conducted research on chemical agents intended to incapacitate, including medetomidine, since 2005; in 2014, chemistry department sought to obtain kilogram quantities of medetomidine from Chinese suppliers.

Faculty members have conducted research on fast neutron detection in collaboration with scientists from Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) and Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), including Gholam Reza Eta'ati, on improved bridge type inrush current limiters in collaboration with scientists from AUT and Shahed University, on natural convection in a rectangular enclosure, and on simulating and evaluating pressurizer dynamic behavior in collaboration with scientists from Islamic Azad University and the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI) of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

Faculty members have also reportedly conducted research on capacitive flux compression generators, copper vapor lasers, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic radiation, high-temperature superconductors, laser photoablation, nanocomposites, neutron emission, the neutron energy spectrum, photomultipliers, polyaniline gas sensors, radar, subsonic conical diffusers, the transmission of encrypted data, and the numerical simulation of ballistic penetration of long rods into ceramic metal armor.

Reportedly the intended site of a project on nuclear reactor theory to be conducted with assistance from the AEOI and proposed by Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, who has served as a vice president of Iran and head of the AEOI; affiliated researchers have reportedly collaborated with multiple AEOI research institutes; reportedly hosted a 21-member research team conducting experiments on tritium.

Has reportedly worked on developing a solid-fuel satellite launch vehicle in cooperation with the IRGC Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization; in 2011, reportedly developed a low-earth orbit gravitational search platform in collaboration with Rayan Roshd Afzar and the IRGC Ground Forces.

Has reportedly run aircraft engineering courses for Hezbollah drone experts later deployed to Syria; in 2016, reportedly deployed 100 personnel for 2-month missions as advisors and trainers in Iraq and Syria.

In 2017, concluded a memorandum of understanding with Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters (KAA); has reportedly obtained goods or services from the Iranian technology firm Hafiz Samaneh Company.

In 2013, hosted a conference on the defense applications of nanoscience sponsored by the Defense Industries Organization (DIO), Malek Ashtar University, the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), Sharif University of Technology, and Tarbiat Modarres University.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has assisted the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) with research on nuclear weapons; according to the NCRI, has produced anthrax and aflatoxin and acquired and stockpiled microbial weaponry for Iran's research on biological weapons; according to the NCRI, has collaborated with the late Masoud Ali Mohammadi, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in 2010.

Faculties and research centers include:

  • Cyber-Electronic Research Institute
  • Defense and Security Sciences Research Institute
  • Faculty and Research Institute of the Great Prophet
  • Faculty and Research Institute of Information and Communication Technology
  • Faculty and Research Institute of Management and Economics
  • Faculty and Research Institute of Social and Cultural Sciences
  • Faculty and Research Institute of Technology and Engineering
  • Faculty of Command and Management
  • Imam Hadi Faculty and Research Institute
  • Imam Sajjad Research Institute
  • Research Institute for International Studies
  • Research Institute of Security Engineering and Passive Defense

Offers academic degrees in subjects including electronic warfare, passive defense, remote-sensing geographic information systems, and strategic defense; areas of research have included nuclear physics, solid propulsion, liquid propellants, analytical chemistry, atomic and molecular physics, advanced reactor physics, and computational physics.

Current administrators include Mohammad Reza Hassani Ahangar (president of Imam Hussein Comprehensive University) and reportedly Na'man Gholami (commander of Imam Hussein Officer and Guard Training University); other administrators have included Morteza Saffari (commander) and reportedly Ali Akbar Ahmadian, Ali Fazli (commander of Imam Hussein Officer and Guard Training University), and Hamid Abazari (lieutenant commander of Imam Hussein Officer and Guard Training University).

Faculty members have included the late Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi (reportedly a professor of physics), who concurrently served as the head of the SPND, and reportedly Abbasi Davani (dean of the physics college according to the NCRI).

According to the NCRI, other faculty have included Mansur Asgari (member of board of scientists of the physics college), Reza Haj Beiglou (commander of the nuclear physics program), Seyyed Hassan Hosseini (commander of the nuclear physics program), and Dr. Karami, an alleged expert on biological weapons.

Established by IRGC commander Mohsen Reza'i in 1986 as Imam Hussein Higher Education Center; in 2008 or 2009, was divided into Imam Hussein Comprehensive University, a graduate school, and Imam Hussein Officer and Guard Training University, which trains IRGC officers.


Added on November 8, 2012, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; also designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the person may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Sanctioned on August 14, 2013, by the government of Australia, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and freezing its assets in Australia.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2020 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.

Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

March 19, 2021