Payame Noor University (PNU; Persian: Dāneŝgāhe Payāme Nur) is a large public university in Iran, with its headquarters in Tehran. Established in 1988, is a legal body under the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Payame Noor means "the message of light" in Persian.
PNU was established in 1988 in the Iran, after having integrated the University of Abu Rayhan al-Biruni and Iran Free University. PNU took its first intake in five-degree programs at 28 study centres. Payame Noor University is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities of Iran taking its rightful place among the top educational institutions of the country. Despite being one of the youngest universities in Iran, Payame Noor University ranks high in international ratings.
The university has held the record of publishing articles per student in Iran since 2013.