The Star Students of the Islamic Republic
NewsWeek / Afshin Molavi
11-Aug-2008 (2 comments)

Forget Harvard—one of the world's best undergraduate colleges is in Iran. Stanford University's Electrical Engineering Department were startled when a group of foreign students aced the notoriously difficult Ph.D. entrance exam, getting some of the highest scores ever. That the whiz kids weren't American wasn't odd; students from Asia and elsewhere excel in U.S. programs. The surprising thing, say Stanford administrators, is that the majority came from one country and one school: Sharif University of Science and Technology in Iran. Stanford has become a favorite destination of Sharif grads. Bruce A. Wooley, a former chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, has said that's because Sharif now has one of the best undergraduate electrical-engineering programs in the world. That's no small praise given its competition: MIT, Caltech and Stanford in the United States, Tsinghua in China and Cambridge in Britain.

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Re: Brain Drain (To: Amir Nasiri )

by Shining Head on

Anytime educated class leaves the country, it is a loss. However, some is natural and part of human desire, and economic dynamics. With your logic, biggest losers are China and India!


Brain Drain

by Amir Nasiri (not verified) on

Brain Drain is costing Iranian government billion dollars every year.

This is by far the saddest story and article I have read this week so far.

It is a lost to Iran, Iranian people and Iran's future.