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About University

Bu-Ali Sina university (BASU) was established in March 10, 1973 in Hamedan province in the west of Iran. The first steps for founding Bu-Ali Sina University were taken after a treaty between the governments of Iran and France. It is one of the largest and most reputable universities in the country. BASU offers different bachelor, master, and doctorate programmes in several areas among them surveying engineering and environment management. BASU currently has about 420 faculty members, 750 employees, 13,000 students, 310 active courses in undergraduate, postgraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs, and 34,000 graduate students. The university consists of 13 colleges, including: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Primary Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education, Tuyserkan Technical Faculty, Kabudarahang School of Engineering, Razan School of Management and Accounting, and Bahar School of Food Industries.

The two oldest faculty of the university are Engineering and Agriculture which are carrying out the researches related to environmental and geospatial subjects. The staffs of the departments of civil engineering and water science are engaged in scientific resaerch collaboration with different governmental and private organization in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing.


Role in the project

Bu-Ali Sina University plays role as the regional coordinator, in the Middle East, in this project. Conducting need analysis for the development of courses and the development of emGeo will be one of the main activities of BASU. Regular contact with the stakeholders and associate partners will be kept to include their views and comments in the developing courses and systems.

The university participates actively in organizing training, course lectures and dissemination event within partner higher educational universities and associated partners. The university actively participates in developing innovative blended courses with the collaboration of other universities in the consortium.

BASU will organize Training of Trainers (ToT), on the developed courses, for the Iranian teachers from partner universities. The university will also receive LU technicians for setting up e-learning systems in BASU.

Then BASU set up and train systems for Iran, the other partner university in Iran.

The University will also take the responsibility of translating course materials and other outcomes of the project to local languages and will offer international offices’ resources for implementation of the results.


Project Members



  • Yousef Rezaei

Dr. Yousef Rezaei has a PhD in Remote sensing. Yousef is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Engineering Faculty, Bu- Ali Sina University. His academic responsibilities include teaching and supervising MSc and PhD students and research. Dr. Rezaei carries out lectures on following courses: Remote sensing, GIS and Remote sensing and its application, Photogrammetry, 3D GIS, Advance Engineering Mathematics, etc.
Since 2015 he has been involved as coordinator or researcher in a variety of research projects relevant to GIS/Remote sensing for environmental and water management. He has more than 50 publications in international and national journals and conferences. He has been supervising 3 MSc students and has co-supervised 1 PhD student, in the fields of GIS, Remote sensing, and water science. Dr Rezaei will act as contact person and project manager in BASU.

  • Yousef Rezaei

Some of his related publications to this application are:

  • Mobasheri, M., Rezaei, Y., Valadan Zouj M. J, A Method in Extracting Vegetation Quality Parameters Using Hyperion Images, with Application to Precision Farming, World Applied Sciences Journal, ISSN 1818-4952, Volume 2 Number 5, Sep-Oct, 2007.

  • Valadan Zouj M. J, Rezaei Y., Vaziri F., Mobasheri M.R., " INVESTIGATION ON ALAM CHAL GLACIER USING SATELLITE IMAGES", Geosciences, Winter 2009, 18 (70).

  • Moussavi M.S., Valadan Zoej M.J., Vaziri F., Sahebi M.R., Rezaei Y., A new glacier inventory of Iran, Annals of Glaciology 50(53) 2009.

  • Ahmadian Marj, A., M. R. Mobasheri, M. J. Valadan Zoej, Y. Rezaei, M. R. Abaei, “Exploring the Use of Satellite Images in the Estimation of Potential Malaria Outbreak Regions, Journal of Environmental Hazards, 8 (2009).

  • Aminzadeh S, Rabiee M, Rezaei Y, Bahman-Abadi M. The Role of GIS in Information System, Management and Decision Making in Hospitals and Ambulance Centers. Int J Body Mind Culture 2017; 4(Suppl 1): S18-S23.



  • Samira Akhavan

Dr. Samira Akhavan received her BSc in Water Engineering (2003) and her MSc (2005) and PhD (2010) in Irrigation and Drainage. During her PhD, she spent a sabbatical (2008-2009) at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag. She has been an assistant professor in the last seven years at the Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamedan, Iran. During her current career, she has thought 8 courses and supervised Master and PhD students. Dr Akhavan has authored and co-authored many journal and conference papers nationally and internationally.

  • Samira Akhavan

Related publications:

  • Akhavan, S., S. F. Mousavi, J. Abedi, and K.C. Abbaspour. 2011. Conditioning DRASTIC model to simulate nitrate pollution case study: Hamadan-Bahar Plain. Environmental Earth Science Journal 63:1155–1167.

  • Akhavan, S., J. Abedi S. F. Mousavi, M. Afyuni, S.S. Eslamian, and K.C. Abbaspour, 2010. Application of SWAT model to investigate nitrate leaching in Hamadan-Bahar watershed, Iran. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment Journal 139, 675-688.

  • Rafiei Emam, A., M. Kappas, S. Akhavan, S. Z. Hosseini, and K. C. Abbaspour. 2015. Estimation of groundwater recharge and its relation to land degradation: case study of a semi-arid river basin in Iran, Environmental Earth Sciences, 74:6791–6803.

  • Ghafaria, H., M. Gorjia, M. Arabkhedri, G. Ali Roshanic, A. Heidaria, S. Akhavan. 2017. Identification and prioritization of critical erosion areas based on onsite and offsite effects. Catena 156:1-9.



  • Mahin Karami

Dr. Mahin Karami received PhD (2010) in Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. During her PhD, she spent about 2 years of sabbatical (2007-2009) at ETH University, working with Prof. Schulin. She has been an assistant professor in the last seven years at the Razi University in Kermanshah, Iran. During her current career, she has thought several courses about soil science and environmental issues. She also supervises Master and PhD students. Dr Karami has authored and co- authored many journal and conference papers nationally and internationally.

  • Mahin Karami

Related publications:

  • S Ahmadi Doabi, M Afyuni, M Karami, 2017. Multivariate statistical analysis of heavy metals contamination in atmospheric dust of Kermanshah province, western Iran, during the spring and summer 2013. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 180, 61-70.

  • S Ahmadi Doabi, M Karami, M Afyuni. 2016. Regional-scale fluxes of zinc, copper, and nickel into and out of the agricultural soils of the Kermanshah province in western Iran. Environmental monitoring and assessment 188 (4), 1-18.

  • M Karami, M Amini, M Afyuni, AH Khoshgoftarmanesh, A Keller, A Abdi. 2014. Agricultural zinc fluxes into soils and crops of central Iran at regional scale. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 60 (3), 437-456.