Launch of a virtual school for Iranian students abroad

TEHRAN – The Ministry of Education will launch a virtual school for Iranian students residing in other countries, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Some Iranians live in areas where there are no schools for them, said Mehdi Fayyazi, head of the Ministry of Education’s center for international affairs and students residing abroad.

Benefiting from this virtual system, students can pursue their educational programs both online and offline, he added.

Some 8,500 Iranian students are currently studying in 76 schools in other countries, he said, noting that 1,006 teachers work in the schools.

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Some 108,000 students from 117 countries have enrolled in Iranian universities for the current academic year (as of September 23), said Mohammad Mohammadi Masoudi, an official with the Ministry of Science.

According to unofficial statistics, more than 300,000 Iranian students are studying abroad, each of them an opportunity for the country, he said.

According to official statistics, more than 95,000 Iranians are studying in various countries, with the largest number studying in the United States, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Malaysia, England, Russia, Australia, Hungary, Cyprus and France, respectively.

Iran is among 15 countries that have successfully attracted international students, according to Mohammad Javad Salmanpour, the Organization’s deputy director for student affairs.

Some 8,500 Iranian students are currently studying at 76 schools in other countries.

The education of foreign students in Iran has increased significantly compared to previous years, even last year it doubled, he said.

However, he is far from the desired position; Because Iranian universities have superior capabilities in all respects than universities in regional or European countries, he noted.

Iran has the capacity and capacity to have over 250,000 foreign students by 2026, he said.

Currently, nearly 100,000 foreign nationals are studying in Iran, of which more than 90% come from Iraq and Afghanistan and the rest come from other countries.

These students study in different fields of science, research and technology, health and medical education, as well as in the fields of humanities, Islamic sciences, Persian language and literature, law, the fundamental principles of Islamic law, the fields of management, economics, psychology, social. sciences, as well as engineering, agricultural sciences, animal sciences and basic sciences.

Currently, foreign nationals constitute 1.64 percent of the country’s student population, about 0.14 percent above the target set by the sixth five-year national development plan (2016-2021), Salmanpour said in April.

Twenty-five percent of foreign students studying at Iranian universities are Afghan nationals, he added.

Afghan students attend Iranian universities in three ways; some enter university by taking Iran’s national entrance exam, and others are admitted by universities that have non-Iranian student licenses. The third group also attended universities across the country on scholarships, he said.

Health insurance coverage, longer residency, shorter visa processing time and the award of exemplary students are among the conditions provided for foreign nationals studying in Iran.


Perry A. Thomasson