60 thousand top brains emigrated last year left Iran

20:34 - 20 February 2012
KURDPA - According to figures released by the Iranian parliament (Majles), over 60 thousand of the country’s most talented and educated people left the country last year to live and work abroad.

Most had graduated with top grades from their universities, while some had won international acclaim in the fields of science and mathematics. Sharif Technical University is regarded as worst hit by the brain drain.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, academic standards in Iran have not kept pace with universities abroad. Nevertheless the high standard of degrees and research at Tehran University and Sharif Technical University has maintained their reputations among the world’s best academic centres.

Currently over 2.4 million students are studying at Iran’s major universities, 10% of whom are taking doctorates.