In 1987 , the establishment of Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University was proposed to the ministry of culture and higher education as Azarbaijan Tarbiat Moallem University by the authorities and some of Azarbaijan representatives in Islamic Majlis ( parliament ) in order to provide necessary skilled labour for teaching in west-north provinces , and it was agreed in 1988. The university admitted some students in mathematics & Persian literature courses and began its educational and research activities. It continued its activities under the name of Tabriz Tarbiat Moallem University, but its name was converted to Azarbaijan Tarbiat Moallem University with the consent of the ministry of Sciences, Research & Technology. Furthermore, its name had to be changed once again due to the changes in its orientations according to the changes occurring in the policies of the ministry and it did so in order to expand its mission of training skilled labour to all scientific subject courses necessary to the society; hence, it was converted to Azarbaijan Shahid madani University with the approval of the Higher Council of Cultural Revolution.
together with current activities of the university, some studies on its comprehensive plan by consultant engineers began and having carried out necessary surveys , the experts and authorities of the former ministry of culture and higher education and those of the planning & budget organization agreed with it in 1990 .
According to this plan, the university will have five faculties and 26 daily courses at bachelor level. At present, it consists of 7 faculties and 76 courses at bachelor, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. The determined students’ admission and the foreseen educational and teaching aid space in this plan amount to 10000 students and 400000 Square meters respectively. The main site of the university is located 35 kilometers away from Tabriz on the Tabriz - Maragheh Road with the area of one thousand hectares and one hundred thousand square meter buildings.
The university complex in the main site was inaugurated in 2001. In addition to the above-mentioned project, the building of the E-learning faculty with the area of 9000 square meters and 10000 square meter building in the northern Khatib district came into use. All the educational activities of the university both day and night classes have been concentrated.
Those who have been appointed as the president of the university are as follows :
1 - Dr.Mohammad Aqazadeh ( From the beginning to 1993 )
2 - Dr.Reza Irandust ( From 1993 to 1995 )
3 - Dr.Mohammad Hussein Soruriddin ( From 1995 to 1997 )
4 - Dr.Mohammad Aqazadeh ( From 1997 to 2005 )
5 - Dr.Ali Motafakker Azad ( From 2005 to 2007)
6 - Dr.Mohammad Amin Fard ( From 2007 to 2010)
7 - Dr.Mir Jalil Akrami ( From 2010 to 12/5/014)
8 - Por.Hassan Valizadeh (From 12/5/2014 )