Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 29
By Fatih Karimov – Trend
Iran's universities are seeing a lack of students, Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi said.
Ferhadi said that application for higher education was very low this academic year, which started October 2016, IRNA news agency reported.
He further said that 600,000 seats in Iranian universities are empty, adding that some universities in Iran have less than 50 students.
Iran's universities` capacity in bachelor's degree programs level reached about 750,000 this year.
Earlier in 2013, Mohammad Hadi Amin Naji, an official with the country’s Payamenoor University said that Iranian male students` attitude towards the labor market and higher education has changed.
He added that females are the majority of university students.
Iran has a large network of private, public, and state affiliated universities offering degrees in higher education. State-run universities in Iran are under the direct supervision of Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (for non-medical universities) and Ministry of Health and Medical Education (for medical schools).
The Islamic Republic vastly expanded the size of the student body after the revolution in an effort to offer a college education to everybody who wanted one.
Iranian media outlets reported that number of students in Iran has increased from 170,000 students before the Iranian revolution to some 4,350 000 million.