Iran is recognizing the value of higher education / Jim Pankratz
18-Dec-2008 (10 comments)

With more than 50 state universities, 40 medical schools and scores of private universities and specialized research institutes, higher eduction is highly valued in Iran. The Iranian university participation rate is slightly higher than Canada -- at 25 per cent to 23 per cent -- and the gender balance is about the same -- at 60 per cent female and 40 per cent male. As well, Iranian students receive free tuition and living expenses at the nation's public universities. I visited eight Iranian universities and two research institutions in October, along with five other university professors from Canada and the United States, to explore educational and research partnerships.

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Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

What is being taught now in Iranian universities may very well indeed be comparable to the curriculum in a western school, but that hasn't always been the case.

As a matter of fact, a western (secular) education was counter to the "principles" of that criminal who flew back to Tehran on Air France and felt nothing.

As for the Stanford claim, that doesn't surprise me at all. I'm sure other universities have posted similar statistics.



You Guys.

by KouroshS (not verified) on

This may be about propaganda but we should not lose sight of the fact that Iran has some of the top universities in the world, especially when it comes to the field of engineering. Graduates of Sharif Tech. Are snapped up like crazy by the likes of Stanford, Berkley, U of Michingan, Penn state, UT, and etc. that goes for shiraz, esfahan, mashhad, and tehran U and Meli U. as well.
Instead of making this a Political issue and use this opportunity to berate and belittle those who got fake degrees, and focus on how incredibly backward IRI syestem is which we do in other blogs anyway, why don't you all focus on what is real? It is not easy graduating from iran's universities, you need to know your sh... and that is what many schools abroad values immensly.

And if someone is gonna throw the famous" why don't you pack and up go back" I'd say that i gladly would!
Many Professors who teach at Sharif and other tech. universities, are graduates of top foreign schools.

Higher education has not lost its quality and credibility just because IRI is in power.Our education system IS based on the western system. They cover the most modern and cutting-edge concepts in both medicine and engineering.

If you want to use this to bash the molla's, that is your right . It is true as well that jobs, quality jobs are scarce, But what is being taught in iran's top universities, at both undergraduate and graduate level is the kind of knowledge Canadian and US and european colleges and universities are looking for in their applicants. They Think our graduates are the most prepared than indians and chinese or koreans.
Stanford claims that its exam for PHd candidacy in engineering is passed at a significantly higher rate by the iranians, more than students from all other countries.

Farhad Kashani

Realist, So you figured

by Farhad Kashani on


So you figured out that he is using propaganda?


Advisor jaan,

Agree with you 100% aziz. But we should keep calling them out everytime they use propaganda and make up stories. They shouldn't be talking on our part.

Keep up the good work dear.

Kaveh Nouraee

Is this an article.....

by Kaveh Nouraee on

or an infomercial?

Those Iranians who do place value upon education are for the most part educated outside of Iran. Reza Shah and Mohammad Reza Shah both knew the value of an education one would receive at a Western institution, and how Iran would benefit as a nation in the long run. And of course we all know that the mullahs did not and still don't share that view.

But what else can you expect from a country led by a bunch of gansgters with phony degrees?


Ordinary citizens do not get scholarships to the West

by Dose of reality (not verified) on

Nepitism and "partibaazi" is incredibly high, much worse than before the revolution, in Iran and only those very well connected or related to the ruling oligarshy or those who know somebody high up for references can get government scholarships/grants to Western universites.

In otehr words, you gotta have a well connected PARTI

It is not like anybody can apply and get government sponsored scholarships based on his or her financial situation and academic credentials. It does not work that way in Iran.


the title of the article...

by IRANdokht on

the title of the article did not match the content. it must have been an editor who just discovered Iran on the map and recognized there was such place in the world after all.

Iranians (especially Iranian parents) have always been obsessed with higher education, even though there is not a whole lot one can do with the degree while driving a cab...



To Farhad

by Advisor (not verified) on

Farhad jaan

What do you expect from these bunch?

Attacking America and Israel, shedding crodcodile tears for Palestinians and praising the tyrannical mullahcracy in Iran is obviously their bread and butter.

That woman Jaleho calling Ahmadinejad the most backward, closed-minded creature you could ever find on the face of the Earth as open-minded? you don't know whether to laugh or cry! oh boy! the audacity of these people is astounding. Like their masters in Iran, they consider everybody as retards.


Dig be dig mige root siah

by Realist (not verified) on

It takes one propaganda master to know one.

Farhad Kashani

yeah IRI values higher

by Farhad Kashani on

yeah IRI values higher education, !!! thats why it doesn't have a single university in the top 1000 universities in the world!!!

This guy posts nothing but propaganda! Amazing.


Higher education is worth shit when NO JOBS!

by I wonder (not verified) on

What good is all that higher education when all those university educated people cannot find a job with it? when they have to resort to driving cabs or even menial jobs to make ends meet?

what good is all that higher education when all the key high governmental positions in Iran are occupied by mullahs, their offspeing, realtives, friends, cronies and lackeys and crooks such as Kordan?

Framing the diplomas hanging'em on the wall, flaunting and showing them off to people, relatives and friends without any jobs will feed them, will bring food to the table, will put a roof above their heads, will enable them to start a family?