Higher Education Relations: Iranian and the United States Experience.Report as inadecuate

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This review examined the views of 35 higher education professionals in order to explore the history of higher education relations between Iran and the United States particularly before and after the revolution in Iran. The study used interviews with participants, correspondence, and published material from journals, monographs, and newspapers. All participants, interviewees, and authors were either directly or indirectly involved with the Iranian university system before and after the revolution or were engaged in higher education relations involving Iranian and American institutions. The study found that relations between the two nations' higher education systems began in the late 1950s and that in the early 1960s direct and formal higher education relations started with fundamental changes at Shiraz (later Pahlavi) University aimed at making it a completely American-style university in Iran. These relations formally ceased in 1980 with the revolution. However, other relations continued and have taken the form of Iranian students, faculty, and other professionals in the United States who maintain personal and professional ties with Iran. Overall assessment finds that by 1978 Iran had 243 institutions of higher education with most of them at least superficially American-style and using curricula and materials imported from the United States. (Contains 36 end notes.) (JB)

Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Curriculum, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, International Relations, United States History

Author: Fereshteh, M. Hussein

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12486&id=ED375689

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