Iranian president, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, on May 19 paid a state visit to the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University in the capital Tehran to inaugurate several projects.
Addressing a host of IAU academicians and staffers on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the establishment of this non-governmental university, president Rouhani voiced his happiness with the opportunity to have visited this branch of the university, and further touched on the share of Islamic Azad University in the Iranian higher education system standing at the incredible 35percent, which clearly speaks of the priceless achievements of this scientific body.
Dr. Rouhani later referred to the initial steps to form this university over three decades ago underscoring the fact that, without the late Founder of the Revolution, Imam Khomeini’s consent, and the generous assistance from the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei as well as the earnest determination of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, such a colossal university would have not existed now.
Mr. President went on to say that such advancements could have not been made over this brief period of time by the government due to the governmental bureaucracy and lack of allocated budgets. He then referred to the successful case of IAU as a proof that any activity, even a cultural one, would flourish sooner and better provided that it is left in the hands of the people, the experts in the field, and the academic elite.
Speaking as well in capacity of the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Dr. Rouhani also stressed the need for paying more attention to the research activities and bearing in mind to establish a robust link between the academic activities and the industrial, agricultural, and medical centers.
Elsewhere in his remarks, President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the significant role the professors play in the betterment of the societal conditions and maintaining the live, critical atmosphere of the universities while observing the ethics and abiding by the national and religious identity.
President Rouhani wrapped up his speech by underlining the need to create an ambience for the Iranian academic elite living abroad to feel safe and free to repatriate and lend an expert hand in improving the status quo of science and research in the country; an opportunity that, as Dr. Rouhani was quoted, can be materialized by private bodies like the Islamic Azad University.