All university authorities, professors should focus on increasing university quality/Independence must be returned to universities as their right/Academics should aim at resolving problems

President Rouhani described giving independence to universities as the biggest gift to them, saying: “Professors and authorities of universities are right to expect independence in universities and the independence that is their right must be given back to them”.

Mon 21 - May 2018 - 22:48

Speaking in a cordial meeting with a group of professors and doctors, President Hassan Rouhani said: “Since 40 years ago, our population has increased twofold and if we want to make a brief comparison, it is normal that the number of students, faculty members and doctors and specialist, and hospital beds should increase twofold as well, but what has been done in human development and the growth of science and knowledge is way more than this figure”.

“In 1979 we had around 200,000 students and now, we have more than 4 million students and this means that the population of students has increased by 20 times. In the 11th and 12th government, around 24 new science and technology parks have been built,” the President continued.

Stating that good progress has been made in quality and quantity of science in the country, he continued: “We have the 16th place in the world with regard to publishing scientific papers to world scientific centres and we are even the first in the region and the second in the World of Islam”.

Dr Rouhani also said: “In the 11th government’s term of office, hospital beds have increased by 20 per cent compared to the entire term of other governments and this means that the government has a special focus on this issue”.

“Without a doubt, professors and academics can determine the required qualifications better,” he said, adding: “Young people and students are informed and know what problems are”.

He continued: “Our universities have had good increase in quantity in the past years but all university authorities and professors should focus on increasing quality at universities”.

Universities are primarily a place for learning and we mustn’t let our universities politicize, continued Rouhani, saying: “Universities must distance themselves from politicization and foster their relations with the market, technology and student training”.

Stating that the government has done its best to help and support universities, the President said: “As academics are right to expect that the government fully support them, the government also expects that academics help it in resolving problems in the country”.

“Last year, we promised that we wouldn’t return back to the way things were and we didn’t; but today, a government is in office in the United States that returned their country 15 years back overnight and is repeating the same words of 2003 and 2004,” the President said.

He also added: “Americans had experienced what was being said during George W. Bush’s term, know it was wrong and had taken steps to correct that but again, a group came into office who are repeating the same words. The world will not let US decide for other countries”.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also added: “All countries of the world want to have independence in their decisions and Americans may be able to do something through pressure but logic does not accept that they decide for the world”.

“It is in no way acceptable that a man who had been working in a spy centre for years tell Iran and other countries what to do as Sectary of State of the United States. Who are you to decide for Iran and the world, telling Iran what to do and what not to do in its nuclear technology?” continued the President.

Dr Rouhani also said: “These words are like the same words that Americans have said before and the Iranian nation have been, and are, indifferent to them and will continue along their path together”.

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