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Iranian startups help deal with impacts of coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak in Iran has turned out to be technology's time to shine. The available technology to help fight the virus is not anything new, but the National Innovation Fund and startups are using just that to slow the transmission of the disease. This includes using smart phones to report sickness and mapping local clusters. -Press TV 7/21/20

Stuckeman School graduate student awarded Scientific Merit Award

Nastaran Tebyanian, a Penn State Stuckeman School doctoral candidate in architecture with a focus on landscape architecture, recently won a Scientific Merit Award from the Journal of Digital Architecture for her article titled "Application of Machine Learning for Urban Landscape Design: A Primer for Landscape Architects." -Pennsylvania State University 7/14/20

70 million Iranians using high-speed mobile internet: Regulator

The number of Iranians with access to high-speed mobile internet services has increased exponentially over the past seven years to reach a total of 70 million, says the country's telecoms regulator. The official IRNA news agency cited figures by CRA as saying that coverage of third and fourth generation of mobile internet had increased from 12 percent of the population in 2013 to nearly 83 percent this year. -Press TV 6/26/20

Iran to open second largest data center over weekend: Minister

Iran's telecoms minister says a second large-scale data center meant to improve security and sustainability in the cyberspace would come online later this week. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said in a tweet on Wednesday that Iran's first mobile phone operator MCI would launch the data center in the northwestern city of Tabriz on June 28. -Press TV 6/25/20

Sa'adi Foundation runs virtual course on Persian language teacher training

A Tehran-based organization that promotes the Persian language abroad has launched a virtual teacher training course. Sa'adi Foundation said the virtual training course is aimed at promoting the Persian language, supporting the Persian language centers across the world, enhancing the quality of Persian language teaching and facilitating teachers and enthusiasts' access to such course. 6/18/20

Posthumous degrees for U of A students killed in Iran plane crash a reminder of talent lost, says graduate

As the COVID-19 pandemic cancels graduation ceremonies around the world, the University of Alberta has awarded posthumous degrees to five students killed in the Ukrainian Airlines flight shot down by Iran in January. Asal Andarzipour, the president of the university's Iranian Students Association, called it an act of "remembrance" for her five peers, and the hopes and dreams they had. -CBC 6/18/20

Iran's Knowledge-based companies to raise annual sales to $35 billion

Knowledge-based companies in Iran sold products worth 1,200 trillion rials (about $28 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 19), while the figure is projected to rise to 1,500 billion rials (about $35 billion) in the current year, said Sourena Sattari, Vice President for Science and Technology. 6/11/20

Iranian Medical Students To Be Required To Study Traditional Medicine

Iran's Health Ministry has announced that students of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacology will be required to take two courses in traditional medicine, Iranian media reported on June 8. In recent weeks, a number of self-proclaimed experts in Islamic medicine created controversy by promoting unproven and potentially dangerous coronavirus treatments. Health officials have warned about fake coronavirus remedies, including illegal herbal products sold online. 6/10/20

Iran Says It Sent First Exports of Antibody Test Kits to Germany

Iran said it has sent a plane to Germany carrying about 40,000 locally produced test kits that detect coronavirus antibodies. Other countries including Spain, Brazil, Turkey and Ecuador have also requested the antibody test kits, according to a report on the government's official news website, dolat.ir. It cited Behrouz Hajian, the chief executive of Pishtaz Teb Diagnostics Co., which produces the kits. -Bloomberg 5/6/20

Iranian scientists ramp up efforts to improve COVID-19 tests

Hoping to export test kits within months, Al Jazeera reports from inside an Iranian lab that is part of the international push for coronavirus solutions. -Zein Basravi, Al-Jazeera 5/5/20

Iran's Government Continuing Extensive Support for Startups, Tech Firms

Support for Iranian startups and knowledge-based companies has been high on the agenda of President Hassan Rouhani ever since he took office in 2013. Government officials never miss a chance to name the startup ecosystem as Iran's major business of future that would be able to curb the country's reliance on the sale of natural resources. -Financial Tribune 5/4/20

Iranian knowledge-based firms making headway in fighting COVID-19

Five science and technology parks affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology described their activities in dealing with and treating coronavirus, the most important of which is the production of herbal medicines and diagnostic kits. A video conference was held on Monday evening with President Hassan Rouhani, Science Minister Mansour Gholami, Vice President for Science and Technology Sourena Sattari, and managers of knowledge-based companies at science and technology parks. 4/28/20

Iranian startups faring even better amid pandemic

The knock-on effects of the coronavirus outbreak have been devastating for nearly the entire global economy but some businesses are faring even better in the new condition. While many struggle to keep their businesses afloat startups like this one are cashing in on the health crisis by offering much-needed medical services. Since the outbreak of the virus, many previously unheard-of health apps have appeared on billboards to jump on the wagon. -Yusef Jalali, Press TV 4/28/20

US tracks Iran's 'Nour' satellite as it enters into orbit

The United States says it has tracked Iran's successful launch and the entry into orbit of its first military satellite. On Wednesday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had successfully launched and placed the country's first military satellite, dubbed Nour-1 (Light-1), into orbit. -Press TV 4/23/20

In Iran, poverty and lack of internet make distance learning impossible

Iran, like many other countries hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, has closed schools and universities and prioritised online learning. But in a country where there is widespread poverty and some regions have no internet coverage at all, some students are locked out of virtual classrooms. A teacher who works in a poor neighbourhood in Iran told the FRANCE 24 Observers that he hasn't been able to get in contact with two-thirds of his students since schools closed. -Ershad Alijani, Observers 4/23/20

Women in virus-hit Iran tech sector fight to keep hard-won jobs

From the hustle and bustle of a startup, Fereshteh Kasrai now works from home, like many Iranian women fighting to keep hard-won tech jobs as the coronavirus outbreak stirs uncertainty. Iran says the COVID-19 disease has claimed more than 5,200 lives and infected close to 83,000 over the past two months, in the Middle East's deadliest outbreak. -AFP 4/21/20

Bedridden Iranian Teacher Hailed for Teaching Students Online

Iran's education minister has expressed his gratitude to an instructor for teaching pupils online while sick in bed in hospital. In a phone conversation, Mohsen Hajimirzaee appreciated efforts by Ms. Jafari, and English Language teacher, for continuing to educate her students while being ill. -IFP 4/21/20

Momeni Foundation is now accepting applications for the year 2020 Academic Scholarships

This year over $20,000.00 dollars will be awarded to students of Iranian descent. Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. 4/7/20

Iran's Nahid 1 satellite ready for launch: ICT minister

Iran's minister of information and communications technology (ICT) says the country is ready to launch Nahid 1 (Venus 1) telecommunication satellite into orbit, and that two more satellites are being assembled ahead of their contingent launch. The Iranian ICT minister then explained about design and manufacture of space engines, saying that testing Arash space engine is another major achievement of the Space Research Center. -Press TV 2/25/20

Iranian Startups: Qpage, a comprehensive human resources management solution

Existing solutions for human resource management around the world are outdated. Qpage sees this as an opportunity and wants to shake the market with its comprehensive solution. -TechRasa 2/18/20

15 projects receive awards at the 33rd Khwarizmi International Festival

President Hassan Rouhani conferred awards on 15 selected projects at the 33rd Khwarizmi International Festival in Tehran on Monday. The annual festival is an opportunity for both Iranian and foreign participants to put their scientific achievements on display. Khwarizmi International Award is dedicated to recognizing outstanding scientific achievements made by researchers, inventors, and innovators from all over the world. 2/17/20

Devoted to discovery: seven women scientists who have shaped our world

In 1994, Mirzakhani became the first female Iranian student to win the gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, scoring 41 out of 42 points, and in 2015 she returned to win with a perfect score. She earned her PhD from Harvard University and was a leading scholar on the dynamics and geometry of complex surfaces. In 2014, she became the first female winner of the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. -UN Women 2/16/20

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A little over a decade ago, researchers at the University of Tehran introduced a rudimentary humanoid robot called Surena. An improved model capable of walking, Surena II, was announced not long after, followed by the more capable Surena III in 2015. Now the Iranian roboticists have unveiled Surena IV. The new robot is a major improvement over previous designs. A video highlighting its capabilities shows the robot mimicking a person's pose, grasping a water bottle, and writing its name on a whiteboard. -Erico Guizzo, IEEE Spectrum 2/14/20

Iran's Zafar satellite launched, fails to reach orbit

The spokesman for the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) says the country has launched its domestically-made Zafar (Triumph) satellite using a Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier, but the missile fell short of reaching the designated orbit. Fars News Agency, quoting the Public Relations Department of Iran's Defense Ministry on Sunday, cited Ahmad Hosseini as saying, "Simorgh satellite carrier took Zafar satellite into space with success, but the carrier failed to reach the speed needed to get the satellite into the designated orbit. -Press TV 2/10/20

Sanctions and domestic constraints cripple Iran's startups

The Iranian startup ecosystem is deteriorating after a boomlet lasting from 2012 - 2016 as sanctions and domestic restrictions create new challenges and force businesses abroad. The startup environment started to take a structured shape in Iran from 2012 - 2013 thanks to the initiatives taken by a number of universities, visionary individuals and the return of foreign-educated Iranians and the diaspora. -Mohsen Tavakol, Atlantic Council 2/7/20

Iran plans to send astronauts into space using domestic technology

Iran has taken the first step to send astronauts into space using space capsules which are projected to be manufactured over the next three years. "We have ordered the Aerospace Research Institute to produce five space capsules on a 190-kilometer orbit," Information and Communication Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. 2/6/20

Two Iranian Students Heading To Boston Colleges Challenge Removal From U.S.

Two of at least 10 Iranian college students who have been denied entry since August to study in the United States have filed civil rights complaints with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), saying they were wrongfully deported and mistreated by federal officials at Boston's Logan International Airport. Separate complaints were filed with requests for the agency to investigate the conduct of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials who the two said illegally denied them entry into the country. 2/4/20

OU's Farzaneh Family Center expands scholarship fund for Iranian students amid travel ban

The Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies recently expanded a scholarship fund supporting Iranian students amid the ongoing travel ban and sanctions against the country. Afshin Marashi, director of the Farzaneh Family Center, said the fund existed previously but was expanded after the existing fund was almost expended. The scholarship benefits international students from Iran who have been affected by travel restrictions implemented by the Trump administration. -Oklahoma Daily 2/4/20

The number of Iranian students turned back at US airports is growing. And universities are worried

They left Iran with valid visas in hand. But hours after landing in the US, they were forced to turn back on flights they never expected to take...For the students, it's devastating. For immigrant rights advocates, it's a troubling pattern emerging as tensions run high between the US and Iran. And for American universities hoping to convince the world's top students to study in their classrooms, it's causing concern -- even though the overall number of cases is still relatively small. -Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN 1/31/20

Six satellites ready to be launched into space: Iran's ICT Minister

Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) Mohammad Javad Jahromi said on Sunday that six domestically-manufactured satellites are ready to be launched into the orbit. "Zafar" telecommunications satellite will be sent to the space before the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations in the current year, he said, adding, "this satellite was delivered by the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) to Iran Space Agency (ISA) last week." 1/28/20

A Northeastern University student from Iran was removed from the US despite an emergency stay

An Iranian student planning to attend Northeastern University was flown out of the United States despite an emergency stay, and Customs and Border Protection said it was not aware a court had temporarily blocked the student's removal. Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, 24, was refused entry to the United States on his student visa when he arrived at the Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday. -CNN 1/22/20

Iranian students face hardships at home and abroad

Iranian students at Purdue are feeling the ramifications of recent conflict between the United States and Iran, even while on campus. One graduate student, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of potential consequences on future petitions for immigration or jobs, hasn't seen his family in six and a half years. His parents were able to visit his brother, who's living in Canada, but they weren't able to obtain visas to visit him due to the travel ban. And he couldn't go to Canada without having to reapply for a visa. -Sean Murley., The Exponent 1/22/20

Iranian Biologist Develops Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson's

Iranian professor Hossein Baharvand has been awarded in the third edition of Mustafa Prize ceremony for developing stem cell therapy for the Parkinson's disease and the age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The professor of biology and stem cells technology at Iran's Royan Institute is going to evaluate the new therapy in clinical trials in 2020. -IFP 12/19/19

Surena IV, Iran's fourth generation humanoid robot, unveiled In Tehran

At a ceremony held in Tehran University on Saturday morning, attended by the Vice President for Science and Technology Sourena Sattari, and the Chancellor of University of Tehran, a fourth generation 'Sourena humanoid robot' was officially unveiled. Sourena refers to a series of Iranian-made humanoid robots, named after the Parthian General Sourena. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has placed the Sourena Robot among the five most prominent robots of the world after analyzing its performance. 12/16/19

US dismayed by Iran's scientific progress: Freed scientist

Freed Iranian stem cell scientist, Dr. Masoud Soleimani, who was imprisoned in the United States for over a year without any charge, says the US is dismayed and angered by scientific progress of Iran. "The main issue that angers the United States is the scientific progress of Iranian scientists and students," Soleimani said while addressing a ceremony at Tehran's Tarbiat Modares University on Sunday. -Press TV 12/15/19

Afghan children learn side by side with Iranian peers

As the bell rings to announce the start of the day, a group of girls run through the gates of Vahdat Primary School in the old Persian city of Esfahan in Iran. Their packed bags bouncing on their backs, the students skid to a stop in front of the main building and huddle in line for the morning assembly. -Farha Bhoyroo, UNHCR 12/12/19

More support needed for refugee education in Iran

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Iran's efforts to extend education opportunities for nearly half a million Afghan children in the country, and recognizes that the country needs greater humanitarian support because of the economic challenges it faces today. Iran has been one of the world's leading refugee hosts for decades and currently has some one million registered refugees from Afghanistan. -UNHCR 12/6/19

Iranian Startups: Komodaa's Success Story Is Heard From Shiraz

Sana Khalesi, founder of Komodaa, formerly a content writer in the UK and Greece, says of launching komodaa Startup in Shiraz and that she and her team are thinking of a market of 3,600 billion Tomans (about 300 million dollars). Komodaa is the first Eco-friendly and online fashion marketplace in Iran that tackles this issue by making it super simple to buy/sell pre-owned wearables. -Tahereh Khajegiri, Shanbe Magazine 11/17/19

Iran electricity company to run fiber optic cables to homes: Official

Iran's electricity company Tavanir is planning to run fiber optic cables to the home alongside its power network across the country as it seeks to install a new generation of electricity meters while enabling communication service providers to offer faster internet connections. -Press TV 11/8/19

Iran's President Rohani opens first major startup accelerator in Tehran

President Rohani has opened a first major startup accelerator in the county, a sign his government is intent on using the domestic know-how to compensate for the technological losses caused by the American sanctions. Rohani opened the Azadi Innovation Factory (AIF) in Tehran where he spent hours talking to heads of startups and minor accelerator companies involved in various fields of technology and science. 11/6/19

Iran To Launch 3 Satellites In Coming Years: Space Chief

Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari has said that Iran plans to launch three satellites in upcoming years. "Following the implementation of the country's second decade-long space development program, three satellites are being developed to be ultimately put into orbit," Barari, who is also Iran's Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology, said on Sunday. 11/4/19

Tehran University Student Launches Campus Sit-In Against Being Blacklisted for Activism

University of Tehran student activist Saha Mortezaei began a sit-in at her campus library on October 11, 2019, to protest being denied university enrollment for allegedly engaging in political activism. "I was 10th on the national exam for doctoral studies in political science but there is a problem with my case," the state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency quoted her saying on October 11. -CHRI 10/16/19

How much Iranians spend on ICT hardware and services?

The Information Technology Organization of Iran has conducted a survey which shows that Iranian families spend 222.68 trillion rials (about $5.3 billion) annually for information and communication technology (ICT) hardware and services, Mehr reported on Saturday. 10/10/19

Top Iran cultural body slams US protracted detention of stem-cell scientist

A leading Iranian cultural organization has slammed the United States for its protracted detainment of an Iranian stem-cell scientist on "hollow" grounds, calling on advocates of human rights worldwide to help end the "arbitrary detention." 9/11/19

Iran Sanctions Curbing Global Scientific Progress: Top British Journal

The British medical journal BMJ Global Health says US sanctions on Iran, a leading country in the world for science, are curtailing global scientific progress. As a result of the draconian sanctions, Iranian scientists have been denied opportunities to publish their findings, attend meetings, and access essential supplies and information, the publication said. -Press TV 9/10/19

Foreign Minister Zarif: US sanctions on Iran's space program 'ineffective'

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has downplayed as "ineffective" the US's recent sanctions on the country's space program, saying Washington's extreme use of economic leverage will gradually threaten its economic might. Zarif made the remarks after a meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in Dhaka on Wednesday. 9/4/19

26 million Iranians do not use internet: Statistical Center of Iran

Some 26 million Iranians of six years old and above do not use internet, the Statistical Center of Iran and Information Technology Organization of Iran announced in a joint report, Mehr reported on Tuesday. Of the figure, 11.864 million are men and the rest are women, according to the report. 8/23/19

Iranian teams win 27 prizes at FIRA RoboWorld Cup 2019

Iranian robotic teams won a total of 27 awards at the Federation of International Robot Sports Association (FIRA) World Cup, FIRA 2019, which was held from August 11 to 16 in Changwon, South Korea, Mehr reported on Saturday. 8/19/19

Startups to help Iran National Library and Archives

The Iran National Library and Archives (INLA) plans to introduce digital library technologies and startups active in this field in the near future. The INLA, as the biggest database in Iran, held a one-week entrepreneurship event, during which it called entrepreneurs and startup owners and Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts to use the INLA resources for emerging businesses and also meet the needs of the library. 8/16/19

Disability Rights Activists Urge Apple to Allow Persian Speakers to Access VoiceOver Screen Reader

More than 1,300 people had signed a petition as of August 9, 2019, by Persian-speaking disability rights activists calling on Apple to make its VoiceOver technology available to Persian-speaking users. "Excluding a number of people with disabilities from using new technologies is against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990... which emphasize identifying and eliminating barriers to access to information, communications and electronic services," said the petition. -CHRI 8/12/19

Hanapp: Iranian app improves quality of life for the hearing impaired

Hanapp, a new application designed by an Iranian startup, improves quality of life for people with hearing loss and significantly helps them better communicate with others, IRNA reported on Friday. According to Alireza Abadian, the technical manager of the startup, 'hanapp' has been designed by using artificial intelligence. The application has a variety of components that help the people with hearing impairment to do their daily chores and have easier lives. 8/5/19

Smart Hives Developed by Researchers at Tehran's Sharif University of Technology Increase Efficiency of Beehives

Researchers at Sharif University of Technology have developed smart hives for better beekeeping. The Nove startup team, led by Dr. Amin Rezaiezadeh, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, and Dr. Mehdi Shahrdad, Assistant Professor of Electronics Research Institute of Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, has developed a smart beehive, Kando 1+ benefiting from IoT 8/5/19

Iranian researcher introduces new drug with anti-inflammatory effect

Anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties of the pharmaceutical molecule, mannuronic acid (M2000), have been introduced for the first time to the world by professor Abbas Mirshafiey, the faculty member at the school of public health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). 8/4/19

PHOTOS: The Brain Bank of Iran

Brain Bank of Iran is operating under the strict supervision of Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) in Tehran and is tasked with conducting human researches in the field of nervous system diseases. This equipped center plays a leading role in the field of offering quality research & development (R&D) services to promote technical knowhow and knowledge on nervous system diseases. -Maryam Kamyab 8/2/19

Over 50,000 foreigners studying in Iranian universities: Science Minister

The number of international students entering Iranian universities and colleges has increased over the past years to reach more than 50,000 people, says the country's minister for sciences. Mansour Gholami said on Monday that the figure excluded those studying medical sciences and those admitted to seminaries for religious studies. 7/31/19

Green schools being constructed in 3 provinces of Iran

Three provinces across the country will soon have green schools, Darioush Varnaseri, deputy director of the organization for school renovation, development and equipment, has stated. "Green schools will be built in three provinces of Tehran, Qazvin, and Sistan-Baluchestan," Varnaseri said, ISNA reported on Sunday. -Tehran Times 7/29/19

Iranian startups come to light with No-Afarin scheme

The No-Afarin scheme, developed by Iran's Information and Communication Technology Ministry to support startups, was introduced during a ceremony on Wednesday July 17, 2019. With the slogan, 'Smart Iran, brighter future', the scheme is a part of the digital economy development document and aims to create 68,000 job opportunities. -Setareh Behroozi, Tehran Times 7/23/19

Why Did Internet Access Speeds Slow to a Crawl in Iran?

Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made a false statement when he said via Twitter that recent disruptions to internet access in Iran were due to technical issues occurring outside the country, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI 7/10/19

Top Iranian universities on the list of Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Iranian universities are included in different subjects of 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, according to its website. Times Higher Education is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities. -Setareh Behroozi, Tehran Times 6/18/19

Leading Iranian stem cell scientist behind bars in U.S. for 7 months without trial

Top Iranian stem cell scientist Dr. Masoud Soleimani has been behind bars in the United States without trial for the past seven months. Back in October last year, Soleimani, a professor and biomedical researcher at the Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) in Tehran, was arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) upon his arrival in the US. -Press TV 5/20/19

Official Admits to "Defeated" Attempt to Move Iranians Over to State-Sponsored Messaging Apps

One year after Iran blocked access to the Telegram messaging app, used by a reported 40 million users, officials are admitting that the state's attempts to attract users to Iranian-made versions have failed. -CHRI 5/10/19

Iran pioneer in stem cell knowledge, technology: Royan Institute's Director

Iran is one of the most pioneering countries in the world and the second country in the region based on stem cell knowledge and technology, Hossein Baharvand, director of Royan Institute for stem cell biology and technology, has said. Baharvand is a distinguished professor of stem cells and developmental biology at Royan Institute. -Maryam Qarehgozlou, Tehran Times 4/30/19

University Of Tehran Conference To Discuss Role Of Technology In Natural Disasters Relief

The University of Tehran's science and technology park will host a conference on the role of technology in natural disasters relief on May 1, ISNA reported. The establishment of relief startup network, the role of science and technology parks and universities in natural disaster will be discussed during the conference and some new emerging technologies will be introduced during the event. 4/18/19

Tehran's Amirkabir University to host 11th aerospace competition

The 11th national aerospace competition will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Amirkabir University of Technology. The competition will be held in five leagues including avionics simulators, drone speeding, hovercraft, glider and water rocket. 4/18/19

University of Tehran's 6th Startup Weekend: Sustainable Tourism

The 6th Startup Weekend, which has adopted "Sustainable Tourism" as its focal theme, is to be hosted by the Faculty of Entrepreneurship of the University of Tehran. Organizers of the event aim to put into practice and develop ideas evolved by participants while [they are set to] teach basic concepts of entrepreneurship together with running practical workshops and promoting the spirit of team working, IRNA reported. -Tehran Times 4/15/19

Flood destroys 77 schools in Iran

At least a total number of 77 schools were destroyed due to devastating floods in various provinces across Iran, a non-governmental organization said on Monday. Out of the 77 destroyed schools, 55 were in Lorestan Province in central west of Iran and 22 were in Golestan north of the country, according to Mehr Giti that has conducted an assessment in affected regions in Iran. 4/9/19

Iranian Students Win Award At The "Architecture At Zero" Competition In U.S.

An Iranian team from University of Science and Technology has gained a citation award at The 2019 International Architecture at Zero competition in the US. Students of 'the School of Architecture and Environmental Design' of the Iranian university claimed third place by winning the Citation Award along with three other teams from the US and one from Poland. 3/10/19

PHOTOS: Tehran's First International Conference Of Modern Power Trains

The first international conference of modern power trains technologies in road, rail, air, sea and stationary applications with special focus on electric vehicles - battery, fuel cell and solar-powered vehicles - was held at Iran University of Technology (IUST) on February 26-27, 2019 in Tehran. -Maryam Kamyab, Mehr 3/6/19

Autistic Children in Iran Segregated and Punished for Having Learning Disabilities

Responding to news of an autistic child being treated inhumanely in a school, Iranian officials blamed the child and the parents for not putting their kids in a learning institute for "special" children. But according to the testimonies of dozens of parents of autistic children in Iran, the "special" schools are poorly equipped to care for and support their children's learning needs, due to employing poorly trained staff and lack of resources. 3/6/19

Millions of iPhone Users Unable to Use Iranian Apps Due to Apple Certificate Revocation

A new move by the Apple Corporation aimed at protecting user data has resulted in Iranian apps becoming unusable on the iOS mobile operating system as of February 27, 2019, for some 9 million users. -CHRI 3/3/19

Iran's national optical fiber network to expand by 20% to 84,000 kilometers

The Telecommunication Infrastructure Company will expand the national optical fiber network by 14,000 kilometers to 84,000 kilometers by the next two months, the company's managing director Sadeq Abbasi Shahkouh said, Mehr reported on Friday. -Tehran Times 2/17/19

Iran's satellite launch not against international law: Russian diplomat

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that Iran's action in launching satellite is not against international law. Iran attempted on Tuesday to launch Payam satellite into orbit but the rocket's third stage failed to provide enough speed to reach the orbit. -Tehran Times 1/17/19

Iranian Startups Offer Opportunities In An Unstable Economy

The past decade in Iran has witnessed a surge in the number of startups, larger Internet companies, and digital-service providers. Owing to the impact of American sanctions, Iranians are often left to their own devices when it comes to Internet services. Amid the country's rapid digitization and the fact that more than 62 percent of all households were connected to the Internet as of March 2017 -- a staggering leap from 21 percent in 2013 -- there is clearly increasing demand. 1/16/19

Iran to send Amirkabir University's 'Payam' satellite into orbit in coming days

He said homegrown 'Payam' satellite will be put into orbit at an altitude of 600 kilometers above Earth on a satellite-carrier rocket in the coming days. President Rouhani added that the two are made by Iranian scientists at Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT). 1/14/19

Iran's space tech development won't wait for other countries: Communication Minister

Iran will not hold off development in the field of space technology and cannot wait for other countries to meet its needs, the information and communication technology minister told the Tehran Times during a press conference at the Iranian Space Research Center (ISRC) on Sunday. 1/9/19

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