(Persia Digest) – The president of one of Iran’s largest universities has pointed to the low budget of the university and a decline in scientific interactions with Western and regional countries due to sanctions, saying: “We have a difficult scholastic year ahead.”
Dr Mohammad Kafi, the President of Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, told ISNA News in an interview: “Considering the special circumstances in the country, it is a worrying situation. Due to economic issues, impasses, and sanctions, university priorities have changed from research and scientific progress to running the place and routine obstacles.”
He added: “Presently, we are primarily worried about funding to pay for salaries, food, accommodation, and transport for students; whereas, in previous years, these were a forgone conclusion and we moved in advancing the academic agenda of the university. This year, our hands are tied for more important work.”
The President of Ferdowsi University in Mashhad stated that “many of our interactions with regional and Western countries have come to a standstill due to sanctions and political hurdles”, adding: “Articles by our colleagues are turned down for printing in journals due to sanctions. Some of these refuse articles from Iranian students and professors due to their dependence and other considerations. Lab chemicals and equipment parts are also in short supply.”
He continued: “All these issues are very worrying for us and we are facing a difficult year ahead. Although, an Iranian trait is that we can adapt to any situation.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that Ferdowsi University of Mashhad was placed at 601-700 by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. In Iran, it ranks third after Tehran University and Tarbiat Modares University.
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