Letter to Iranian University Presidents was sent Today

by Dr. Fredun Hojabri

Dear friends:
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.
Fredun Hojabri


نامه سرگشاده به روسای دانشگاه ها و مراکز آموزش عالی ایران

همکاران گرامی

ما امضا کنندگان این نامه – استادان – گردانندگان مراکز آموزشی – محققان و متخصصان ایرانی – نگرانی عمیق و مخالفت شدید خود را از طرح وزیر علوم، تحقیقات و فناوری بمنظور جدائی جنسییتی در دانشگاه ها و مراکز آموزش عالی کشور اعلام میداریم.
ما صادقانه و مصرانه از شما میخواهیم که از اجرای این طرح – که ناشی ازیک سیاست عمدی و بینش زن ستیز است وبخصوص بر آموزش زنان ایرانی در رشته های پیشرفته اثرات منفی شدید خواهد گذاشت – در هر شرایطی درمراکز خود خودداری نمائید.
تجربه ۷۶ ساله آموزش عالی در کشور ما نشان داده است که دانشجویان ما جوانانی هوشمند و بالغند. آنها میدانند در محیط آموزشی چگونه رفتارکنند و نیازی به مراقبین دولتی در این زمینه ندارند.
با آرزوی موفقیت برای همۀ شما

Open Letter to the Presidents of All Universities, Colleges and
Other Institutions of Higher Education in Iran
July 13

Dear Colleagues,

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.


Fredun Hojabri,
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
Shokooh Mirzadegi
Writer & Cultural Researcher

A.J. Cave


PUBLISHED: July 30, 2011