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Iran Promises Higher Education For All

Source: Press TV

University students in Tehran celebrating their graduation

Iranian youths seeking higher education may be able to fulfill their dreams of going to university in the next Iranian calendar year.

College attendance in Iran was until now dependant on whether applicants could gain a high score in a nationwide test called Konkoor.

The Iranian minister in charge of higher-education-related issues has revealed, however, that universities in the country will be able to admit all students starting from next year.

"The capacity of universities will be higher than the number of applicants next year," Mohammad-Mehdi Zahedi said on Friday.

"Iranian colleges can seat 1,500,000 students while there are only 1,250,000 applicants next year," he added at the closing ceremony of a 5-day exhibition that introduced the scientific achievements in the country.

The official did not reveal whether those seeking college entry would need to take the Konkoor exam. There is speculation that applicants will need to take the test to determine where they can study.

students taking the university entrance exam in Tehran

The government has announced long-term plans, however, to entirely shelve the test.

Iran has a population of over 70 million people, more than two-thirds of whom are under the age of 30. The speedy rise in population has caused various problems, including unemployment and lack of higher education opportunities.

Last month, the deputy head of the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI), Alireza Zahedian, warned that the increasing number of university graduates in Iran would eventually lead to a sharp rise in the potential labor force and hence unemployment in the country.

A Labor Ministry announcement put the number of university graduates without work at 15.6 in October.

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