Letter to Iranian University Presidents was sent Today
by Dr. Fredun Hojabri
It is my pleasure to report that the petition against gender segregation in Iranian institutions of higher education received broad support from the greater Iranian community with over 1,000 signatures.
The corresponding open letter, along with the names of the signatories of the petition, was sent out to each president of Iranian colleges and universities earlier today via email.
On behalf of the original petition team, I would like to thank all of you again for your continued support for our great academic community in Iran by opposing academically irrelevant rules and regulations at the Iranian institutions of higher education.
نامه سرگشاده به روسای دانشگاه ها و مراکز آموزش عالی ایران
Open Letter to the Presidents of All Universities, Colleges and
Other Institutions of Higher Education in Iran
The undersigned university professors, administrators, researchers and professional Iranians express our deepest concern and strongest opposition to the proposed extreme policy by the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education to impose gender segregation at Iran’s institutions of higher education.
We urge you to actively oppose the adoption and implementation of this proposal at anytime in your institution, simply because segregation is a deliberate anti-women policy that will adversely impact the quality of education in many advanced fields for Iranian women.
76-year history of higher education in our country has shown that our mature university students should be trusted to conduct themselves appropriately while attending colleges and universities, and they do not need government-imposed guardians to control their behavior.
Professor and former Academic Vice-president of Sharif University of Technology
Founding President of SUTA (Sharif University of Technology Association), 2000-2006
Mehdi Zarghamee, Professor
Former Chancellor of Sharif University of Technology
Reza Faraji-Dana, Professor
Former President of the University of Tehran
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Farhang Mehr, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Former Chancellor of Shiraz (Pahlavi) University
Mohammad Amin, Professor
Former President of Isfahan University of Technology
Farhad Riahi, Professor
Former President of Bu-Ali University
Heybatolah Khakzar, Professor
Former President of the University of Science and Technology
Bijan Aalami, Professor
Former President of Abu Reyhan University
Farideh Tehrani, Ph.D.
President of Shiraz University Association
Mohammad Behforouz, Professor
Bell State University
Former Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Shiraz (Pahlavi) University
Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor
President of Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage
Ali Rabi, Ph.D.
President,Farabi Institute of Higher Education
International University of Iran
Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair,
Dept. of Asian Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Hamid Javadi, Ph.D.
Iranian American Physicists Network Group
Ali Banijamali, Ph.D.
Chair, Iranian Chemists’ Association of the American Chemical Society
Nayereh Tohidi, Professor
California State university at Northridge
Shervin Erfani, Professor
Dept. of Elec. & Computer Eng.
University of Windsor, Canada
Bahar Bastani MD, Professor
Saint Louis University, School of Medicine
Mohammad Ala, Professor
Director of Center for Business Excellence
Nahid Tavassoli, Ph.D.
Manager & Editor in Chief of NAFeH Journal
Writer & Cultural Researcher