Source: Press TV|
Iranian youths seeking higher education may be able to fulfill their dreams
of going to university in the next Iranian calendar year.
University students in Tehran celebrating their graduation
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
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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