Lahijan is a Caspian Sea resort and a major city in Guilan province, Iran.. At the 2006 census, its population was 71,871 with 21,518 families. The resort Lahijan has both traditional and modern architecture. The town, which has an Iranian-European urban structure, lies on the northern slope of the Alborz mountains. Its culture and climatic favorable condition have made Lahijan a major tourist hub in northern Iran. The city is basically founded on the sediments remaining from big rivers in Guilan, including the Sefid-rud. Historically, the city was the major business center and of course the capital of East Guilan. Lahijan has also been a tourism hub of the Islamic world during different eras in Iran's history. The word "Lahijan" is originated from the economic stance the city had during its historical periods. "Lahijan" is formed by two words: Lah, means Silk and "Jan or Gan" means a place where something is done. Therefore, by compounding these two parts, the word "Lahijan or lahigan" was made, which means "a place to obtain silk fiber".

     Lahijan enjoys a climate known as "moderate Caspian”. This weather pattern emerged from the influence of the currents of both the Alborz Mountain slopes and the Caspian Sea. For many centuries a hallmark of the people of Lahijan was their endorsement of for the advancement of literacy and science. The Islamic Azad University of Lahijan brings this endorsement into the modern age. Islamic Azad University of Lahijan (also known as Azad University of Lahijan, formerly known as Islamic Azad University of East of Guilan) is a campus of Islamic Azad University system in Iran. The university was established in 1988 by some outstanding members of Tehran University of Medical Sciences including Dr. Mir Mozafar Masoumi who was also the first President of the university. 

 

Islamic Azad University of Lahijan (also known as Azad University of Lahijan, formerly known as Islamic Azad University of East of Guilan) is a campus of Islamic Azad University system in Iran. The university was established in 1988 by some outstanding members of Tehran University of Medical Sciences including Dr. Mir Mozafar Masoumi who was also the first President of the university. 

The university was established with majors like mathematics, microbiology, and fisheries engineering. Now with more than 11000 students  in different majors the university, ranked as very big by Ministry of Higher Education, has a very important role in the development and promotion of knowledge in the country