According to the 2017 rankings of the best universities given by the Times Higher Education, Sharif University of Technology, Shiraz University, and Tehran Medical University have been ranked as the best universities in Iran. In 2016 only eight universities from Iran were included in this ranking, whereas in 2017, fourteen universities from Iran were among the top universities rankings.

Based on these rankings, Sharif University of Technology received the highest ranking among technological universities, Shiraz University became the best comprehensive university, and Tehran Medical University was pointed out as the best medical university in Iran. It should also be mentioned that Shiraz University, unlike the other two universities, is experiencing its first year in these rankings.