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Complaints by Iranian MPs lead to action on "starred" students

- A spokesman for Iran's Article 90 Commission says following complaints from three MPs about the minister of science, the commission has finally managed to obtain the files of "starred" students. "Starred" students are university students who have been marked by the authorities for reasons such as political or social activism and, therefore, prevented from pursuing their studies. - 4/13/14

Tehran University faculty to make historic selection

- Iran's Ministry of Science has announced that for the first time in Islamic Republic history, the president of Tehran University will be selected by the university faculty. - 4/9/14

Iran's medical schools to limit female enrollment

- Medical schools in Iran will restrict admission to women in the coming academic year, the Shargh daily reports. The report indicates that the number of women in the medical field has risen from 42 percent of total admissions in 1992 to 68 percent in the last year. - 4/8/14

Iranian School Curricula to Incorporate Environmental Awareness

- Teaching environmental concepts to students has never been implemented in a systematic and nationwide form in Iran. In recent years some limited efforts have been made in a number of schools which have been projects undertaken by volunteers through initiatives of particular principles, parent councils or teachers. - 3/31/14

Does General License G Really Allow Academic Exchanges With Iran?

- With the Persian New Year upon us, it seems the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the main US federal agency tasked with the administration of economic sanctions, has gotten into the spirit. Today it issued General License G, a regulatory authorization designed to permit academic exchanges between Iran and the United States. -Erich C. Ferrari - 3/21/14

NIAC Applauds General License for U.S.-Iran Academic Exchanges

- NIAC strongly supports the Obama Administration's decision this Norooz to exempt educational exchanges from sanctions. NIAC is pleased that 'General License G' addresses key obstacles to building bridges between Iran and the U.S. Educational exchanges are immensely important in tearing down the barriers and rebuilding a long overdo friendship between Iranians and Americans. - 3/20/14

The Iranian Genome Project Seeks Samples

- Dr. Pardis Sabeti MD/Ph.D., professor at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute, has had the opportunity to study the genetics of many different populations throughout her storied career. But one population missing from the genetics research done by Dr. Sabeti and others is her own - the Iranian population. - 3/13/14

Conflict Continues Over Tehran University Chancellor's Dismissal: Plans for Secular University Lecturers?

- The removal of Farhad Rahbar, the chancellor of Tehran University continues to dominate news stories in Iran. Farhad Rahbar has an intelligence background as he had at one time been a member of Iran's ministry of intelligence, while also holding other posts such as the chairmanship of the plan and budget organization during Ahmadinejad's administration. -Jalal Yaghoubi - 3/7/14

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

- IAAB is pleased to present its 2014 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), which is being held from July 6th to July 18th at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2014 SLI houses IAAB's celebrated annual Iranian American high school and middle school leadership camps, Camp Ayandeh and Camp Ayandeh Javan - 2/27/14

Recombinant drugs made in transgenic goats at Iran's Royan Institute

- Researchers of Royan Institute have extracted recombinant drugs made in transgenic goats, a morning English-language paper quoted chairman of the institute on Monday. According to ˈIran Daily,ˈ Dr. Hamid Gourabi said that Royan intends to begin mass production by generating herds of transgenic goats. - 2/24/14

Iranian students demand return of expelled professors

- Students of Social Sciences at Allameh Tabatabai University have staged protests calling for the return of professors who were forced out of their jobs. The Fararo Website reports that the students called for the return of Parviz Piran, Shirin Ahmadnia, Ebrahim Tofigh, Shahla Ezazi, Nematollah Fazeli and Hassan Namakdoost. - 2/21/14

New president of Tehran University announced

- Iran's Ministry of Science has announced that Farhad Rahbar's four-year term as president of the University of Tehran has ended and he will now be replaced by Mohammad Hossein Omid, the financial deputy of the science ministry. - 2/19/14

Sanctions Cut Off Online Courses for Iranians

- "Denying Iranians the right to an education undermines American interests and values, and violates the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. "The Iranian government has systematically denied education to students based on their political and religious beliefs. The U.S. should not be in the business of denying education to students simply because they are Iranian." - 1/30/14

US Restricts Free Online Courses to Some Countries

- The U.S. education company Coursera, which offers free Internet-based classes in subjects ranging from Medicine and Mathematics to Business and Social Sciences, says it 'regretably had to make changes' to its accessibility in some countries. - 1/30/14

Persian language group slams local languages initiative

- Members of the Academy of Persian Language & Literature have lashed out against recent statements from the Rohani administration that encourage the teaching of local languages in public elementary schools around the country. - 1/29/14

Photos: A village school in the internet era!

- 15 Khordad is a small school located in the village of Pakol in the province of Kohgiluyeh Va Boyer Ahmad in southwestern Iran. The school hosts 17 students in two classrooms. However, it lacks basic amenities such as electricity, water and heating, and the students are deprived of a proper educational environment. -Hossein Khedmati - 1/23/14

Column: Iran Nuclear Deal Opens Doors for Students

- A senior Barack Obama administration official on Monday told reporters "we've committed that up to $400 million of Iran's own money can be directed through a financial channel that we will agree on to universities and colleges outside of Iran where Iranian students are currently studying." - 1/23/14

Iran: Rohani administration puts minority language education on agenda

- The Iranian president's special aide for ethnic and religious minorities' affairs has announced that the education of ethnic minorities in their mother tongue is on the government's agenda. - 1/21/14

MP Talks With Rooz: Fifteen Percent Illiteracy in Iran is a Disaster

- About 10 million of Iran's 67 million people who are over the age of six can neither read nor write, according to a literacy official. Also, according to UNESCO, Iran's 86th among the world's 164 countries in literacy. The head of Iran's literacy program announced these figures and added, ൗ percent of Iranians continue to be illiterate." -Niusha Saremi - 1/5/14

University to re-establish humanities programs

- More than two years after Allameh Tabatabai University announced that it will no longer offer a number of humanities programs, one of its department heads announced on Friday January 3 that the programs will be restored. - 1/4/14

Persian Language Online

- The Persian Language Foundation is pleased to announce that, after months of careful toil in the areas of web development and the composition of pedagogical material, the first level of our educational website, Persian Language Online, is complete! - 12/22/13

Student Protesters Call For Changes At Tehran's Art University

- A group of students at the Tehran University of Art gathered in protest to call for the removal of university president Saeed Kashan Fallah. - 12/18/13

Iran successfully sends second monkey into space

- The explorer dubbed 'Pajouhesh' (research) carrying a monkey (Fargam) conducted its sub-orbit mission successfully to make Iran closer to sending human to space - 12/14/13

Objection to selection of "Pourdavoud Chair in pre-modern Persia at Princeton": Petition by Ehsan Yarshater

- Objection by the International community of Iranian Studies to the selection of a scholar of Greco-Arabic, to the Pourdavoud Chair in pre-modern Persia at Princeton University. - 12/9/13

Professor Fazlollah Reza made honorary member of Academy of Persian Language and Literature

- Professor Fazlollah Reza was made an honorary member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature during a meeting in Tehran on Monday. Reza, 98, has previously served as the Chancellor of Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran. - 11/29/13

Iranian students demonstrate in support of Science Ministry

- A group of Qazvin University students staged a peaceful sit-in in support of the Ministry of Science. The students prepared a petition informing parliament that they support the appointees of the new Minister of Science Reza Farajidana. - 11/22/13

Iranian Neurologist Professor Majid Samii Wins Leibniz Ring Prize

- Iranian neurologist has won the Leibniz Ring Prize in Germany. The prize is given to Personalities who have made contributions to human development. The founder of the International Institute of Neurosciences in Hannover, Professor Samii has helped train many neurologists in Iran, Europe and on the African continent. - 11/17/13

Iranian university to reinstate women's studies program

- Women's Studies will be offered again at Allameh Tabatabai University, says the university's new head, Hossein Salimi. Salimi announced that the department will begin accepting applicants in the next academic year. - 10/30/13

Over 118,000 Afghan Pupils Going to Schools in Tehran province of Iran

- More than 118,000 Afghan pupils are going to schools in Tehran Province, said Issa Mousavinasab, the Director-General of the Foreign Nationals and Immigrants Department of Tehran Governorate General. - 10/27/13

Iran's President Backs Freedom For Scholars, Students

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for granting Iranian scholars and students more opportunity to take part in international gatherings. Speaking at Tehran University, Rohani said it was a "shame" that students and professors "are not able to express their viewpoints." - 10/15/13

President officially starts new school year in Iran

- President Hassan Rohani here on Monday officially started the new school year in the country by ringing the bell at a high school in downtown Tehran. Addressing the students, President Rohani highlighted the importance of school years in making young people acquainted with principles of rule of law. - 9/23/13

New Iranian university chief says students won't be booted for beliefs

- The new head of Iran's Azad University has announced that students will no longer be expelled or suspended for their political beliefs. ISNA reports that Hamid Mirzadeh told a press conference on Saturday September 21 that this new directive has been issued to all the branches of the Azad University faculty. - 9/22/13

Iran: Open University replaces top official after controversial tenure

- The chair of Iran's Open University board of directors announced today, Wednesday September 18, that Farhad Daneshjoo is stepping down from the helm of the Open University and Hamid Mirzadeh has been elected to fill Daneshjoo's shoes by a majority vote of the board. - 9/19/13

Some Iranian professors forced into retirement return to faculty

- The head of Allameh Tabatabai University has announced that some retired professors have now returned to the university faculty. Under the leadership of the last university president, Sadreddin Shariati, scores of professors were forced into early retirement because of political biases. - 9/18/13

Expelled Iranian students allowed to return to studies

- During the administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the term "starred students" was coined, referring to students who were deemed to have "unacceptable" political activities or beliefs. These students were often suspended or expelled from university and not allowed to continue their studies. - 9/17/13

Iran to engage in SESAMI project

- Mahmoud Reza Aghamiri, co-Vice President of the SESAME Council said Iran plans to join the biggest Middle East project in building SESAME accelerator equipment and providing 1 million dollar annually to the International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). - 9/17/13

Iran: Expelled, Suspended Students Protest For Right To Teturn To University

- A group of Allameh Tabtabai University students who have been suspended or expelled from the university on mostly political grounds held a protest on Saturday in front of the new university supervisor. - 9/15/13

Iran: Caretaker Minister Fires Controversial Head Of University

- Sadreddin Shariati, the controversial head of Allameh Tabatabai University, was removed from his position on Monday by the caretaker of Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Jafar Tofighi. ISNA reports that on Monday September 2, Hossein Salimi was appointed as the president of Allameh Tabtabai University and will begin his tenure on September 3. - 9/2/13

Hundreds of Iranians call for university president to be fired

- Hundreds of students and alumni of Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran have called for the removal of university president Sadreddin Shariati. In a letter addressed to Iran's new president, Hassan Rohani, the students criticize Shariati's policies, which they summarize as "gender segregation, the promotion of disciplinary committees, a decline in academic quality, dogmatism, suspensions and the dismissal or forced retirement of professors." - 8/31/13

Academic Agency Advises Iranian President On University Reforms

- In a letter to President Hassan Rohani, the Iranian Academy of Sciences is calling for an end to the critical state of universities and the security-laden atmosphere dominating the higher-education system. - 8/21/13

Iran To Hold 4th International Conference On Astronomy

- "The 4th Occultations Conference on TNOs, occultations, variable stars, exoplanets, robotic and virtual observations, spectroscopy, image processing, astrobiology and other related areas will be held," said Mohammad Reza Shafizadeh, Director of the conference committee, adding the conference is scheduled for October 24. - 8/14/13

Iran: Proposed Science Minister calls for expanded humanities programs

- The proposed minister for the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology told ILNA that universities must expand the humanities branch of study and work toward increasing students' volunteer contributions to society. - 8/13/13

Once an Afghan refugee in Iran, now a high-flier in his own country

- Twenty-eight years after his family fled war in Afghanistan to neighbouring Iran, Seyyed Zia Hosseini has returned home from the country that gave him shelter and an education that allows him to help rebuild his native land. -Dina Faramarzi - 8/6/13

Males account for 61% of students with highest scores in Iran's 2013 university entrance exams

- The list of the students with the highest scores in this year's Iranian university entrance exams shows males outperformed females. Of the 36 with the highest scores, 22 (61%) are males and 14 (39%) are females. Eleven of the students with the highest scores are from Tehran, and the rest are from other provinces. - 8/1/13

Ahmadinejad gets clearance to establish new university

- At the latest meeting of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he has obtained the necessary permission from the Ministry of Science to launch a new university. - 7/28/13

Iranian students win four silvers in 45th International Chemistry Olympiad

- Iranian students won four silver medals in the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad, which was held from July 15 to 24 in Moscow, Russia. The four-member team was comprised of Mahdiyar Amani Tehrani, Hirbod Heidari, Ashkan Khavaran, and Arya Aminorroaya. - 7/25/13

Iranian students rank 4th in International biology Olympiad

- Iranian students managed to stood 4th in the 24th International Biology Olympiad, wining two gold and two silver medals. The competitions were held on July 14-21 in Bern, Switzerland. Amir Ashraf Ganjouei and Amin Arasteh won gold medals and Bahar Saberzadeh and Neda Nilforoushan won silver medals. - 7/21/13

Iran ranks 6th in Austrian International Informatics Olympiad

- Iranian students stood 6th in the 2013 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), wining 4 gold, silver and bronze medals. The competitions were held in Brisbane City on July 6-13 where four Iranian students Denial Mehrjerdi, Farzad Abdolhosseini, Keiwan Alizadeh, Vahid Valizadeh and Hamed Valizadeh represented Iran - 7/15/13

Iranian researchers produce flexible electronically-conductive textiles

- A group of Iranian researchers at Islamic Azad University, Yazd Province, have produced electronically-conductive textiles, using nano-graphene sheets, whose conductivity can be adjusted. - 7/15/13

Iran scores 5 medals in International Physics Olympiad

- Iranian students won several models in the 44th International Physics Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark capital city, including 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals. It is expected that the Iranian team would be ranked 3rd or 4th in the event which ran on July 8-14. - 7/14/13

14,000 foreign students studying in Iran

- Fourteen thousand students are studying at Iran's universities and efforts are underway to attract more international students, according to Iran's minister of science, research, and technology, Kamran Daneshjoo. - 7/11/13

Officials Express Concern over Illiteracy Conditions: Ten Million Iranians Cannot Read or Write

- According to the latest official statistics provided by Iran, there are now some ten million Iranians who cannot read or write at all. The Markaze Sarshomarie Amar (Statistical Center) 14 percent of people over the age of 6 and seven percent of individuals between the ages of 10 and 49 are illiterate. -Niusha Saremi, Rooz - 7/10/13

Iran developes new method raising cloning speed by 100 times

- Iranian researchers at Royan Research Institute in the central Isfahan Province, have managed to increase cloning process speed by as much as 100 times through developing a method for producing transgenic animals, said Head of the research institute Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani. - 7/7/13

Make Way For MOOCs: How Free, Online Courses Could Revolutionize Education

- Raza is one of the several million learners worldwide to have discovered "massive open online courses," or MOOCs. A group of U.S. education technology startups, in partnership with dozens of top U.S. universities, now offers MOOCs on everything from poetry to physics. -Richard Solash, RFE - 7/7/13

Iranian team stands first in international 2013 RoboCup

- Iran's MRL team of Islamic Azad University, Qazvin Branch, Central Iran ranked first in 2013 RoboCup in Netherlands in the multi-agent simulator league. 8 teams from China, Turkey, Japan, Italy, Brazil, the US and Egypt had attended this section of the competition. - 7/1/13

Genes Found to Fight Wheat Disease

- Scientists have isolated two genes that protect wheat plants from a disease that threatens the crop worldwide. In two articles in the journal Science, researchers describe a pair of genes that confer resistance to a new, virulent form of a fungal disease called stem rust. -Steve Baragona, VOA - 6/28/13

Iran ranked 2nd in US CanSat 2013 competitions

- Iranian students at Amirkabir University of Technology ranked 2nd in the US CanSat 2013 competitions attended by 25 countries. The competitions were held on June 7-9 in Texas during which the teams were judged 4 times. - 6/22/13

Iran halts purge of professors

- Iran's Ministry of Science has finally put a halt to the rapid trend of forcing university professors into early retirement, announcing that pending retirements have been postponed for five years. Following the 2009 elections protests, universities became a main target of persecution and purges - 6/21/13

USC to Offer Iranian Studies Minor for the First Time Ever

- For the first time in its history, the University of Southern California's Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will offer a minor in Iranian studies, as part of an initiative launched in November 2010 through the support of Farhang Foundation. - 6/6/13

Iranian Woman Among Winners Of UNESCO's Young Scientist Award

- Iranian woman Atieh Kazemi Mojarad is among the recipients of UNESCO's Young Scientist Award. She won the award for her research in "sustainable development of Biosphere Reserves through the promotion of key ecosystem services." - 6/4/13

IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium in NYC: Huge Success for Persian Language Schools

- Over 40 directors and educators of Persian Language Heritage Schools in the United States gathered this past weekend in New York City for an IAAB-organized symposium. - 5/31/13

Iranian researchers produce clean fuel from water

- Iranian researchers at Zanjan Fundamental Sciences University along with researchers from Russia and the US have synthesized a catalyst which has the capability of water oxidation as a clean fuel. -ISNA - 5/27/13

Technical university in Isfahan bans women from some programs

- The Isfahan University of Technology has closed seven fields of study to female applicants. ISNA reports that the university is now refusing applications from female students in certain branches of agriculture, natural resources engineering and water resources. These programs are now only open to male applicants. - 5/24/13

Persian Language Symposium: This Weekend in NYC

- Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), in collaboration with directors of Persian language schools, will hold it's first Persian Language Educators' Symposium this weekend in New York City. - 5/23/13

Mahsa Mirtalebi is appointed "Global Swede" at the University of Gothenburg

- The University of Gothenburg has appointed Mahsa Mirtalebi, student at the international BSc programme in Software Engineering and Management, as the "Global Swede" of 2013. Mahsa Mirtalebi is a very devoted and active student and also a very devoted student ambassador for the education at the IT Faculty. - 5/20/13

Iran transplants aortic valve in sheep's heart

- Iran has embarked on conducting several important research plans on different medical and veterinary domains since last year, one of which is transplanting human's aortic valve to several sheep, said Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution Mokhber Dezfouli. - 5/14/13

Photos: National Teachers' Day Celebration in Iran

- Iran marks Teachers' Day on May 2nd each year. This day was originally chosen to commemorate the martyrdom of Abulhassan Khan'ali, a teacher who was shot dead in a meeting in front of National Parliament during the Mohammad Reza Shah era on May 2, 1961. Later the Islamic Republic government changed this to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Morteza Motahhari on May 2, 1979. - 5/2/13

Iran produces another transgenic goat

- An Iranian privately-owned research center working on tissue engineering and nanotechnology has produced a transgenic goat. The first transgenic Iranian boat named 'Tarabon' was produced by Bonyakhteh (stem cell) Technology Research Center on April 19 and now is in full health - 4/29/13

Iranian researchers building artificial heart

- President of the University of Mashhad Medical Sciences said researchers at the university are building artificial heart for the first time in the country, describing it as a "key achievement" for Iranian scientists. - 4/27/13

Iranian schools among best 112 Asian universities

- Five Iranian universities were included in the list of the best 112 Asian universities, Leiden University found in 2013 ranking. - 4/22/13

Iranian students win grand prize in Malaysian 2013 Chem-E-Car Competition

- Iranian students won the grand prize in the 8th round of Malaysian Chem-E-Car Competition 2013 attended by 35 teams. - 4/22/13

Iranian doctor greatest world woman inventor in 2013

- Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani, an Iranian doctor from Mashad Medical Science University received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in Geneva International Festival for Inventions in year 2013. - 4/17/13

Photos: Innovative UAV Design Competitions in Qazvin, Iran

- The competitions are organized by the Shahid Rezaei Research Center of Sharif University of Technology. The goal of the research center is to develop expertise in the following areas for UAV design: Configuration, Structure, Propulsion, Navigation, Control System, Breaking & Code Making and Real Time Data Transfer - 4/13/13

Mapping the Iranian Genome

- Since PARSA Community Foundation granted $250,000 to Stanford University's Iranian Genome Project in 2010, the project has grown significantly. The Iranian Genome Project aims to provide knowledge to both the scientific and Iranian community by studying and understanding the genetic background of Iranians... - 4/10/13

IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium

- IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium brings together Persian language educators who teach heritage speakers from pre-school through high school. The educators will gather from around the United States to address shared goals, needs, and challenges in an invite-only symposium in New York City from May 25-26, 2013. - 4/10/13
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