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Iran's science sector grows 600 percent in last decade

Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan prov, Jan 21, IRNA -- Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mostafa Moin said here on Tuesday that Iranian universities have a favorable status worldwide given the 600-percent growth recorded in the science sector in the past decade.

He added that this is while the global figure is just 27 percent.

Speaking at a press conference, Moin referred to unemployment among individuals with higher education and announced that the rate currently stands at 20 percent.

Moin noted that the unemployment rate among the university graduates is much higher than the general rate in the country.

He said that the problem can only be solved with full cooperation of all the nation's executive and managerial officials.

Turning to the students political activities, the minister said, "If the university students remain indifferent to domestic and foreign political issues, they will no more be considered as qualified students and scholars."

He attributed the issue of the migration of the gifted students and scholars to a number of economic, security, social and political factors.

Moin added, "The rate of migration among the gifted is quite high in our country and the outcome of research conducted on the issue by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology will soon be submitted to the cabinet."

The minister announced the current number of students across the country at 1.7 million.

He hoped that by the end of the fifth development plan, Iran will meet global standards, which is is 3,000-5,000 students in every 100,000 individuals.

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