According to ANA (Azad News Agency), the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran stated that a few years ago, IAU was more focused on quantitative development. That focus has now shifted towards qualitative development. He emphasized one of the major highlights of IAU to be the way it equalizes and provides higher education for people in all villages, towns, and especially young women.
The chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council emphasized the notable role of education in the scientific, social, and cultural growth of families and the major share that the university plays in the academic development of the country: “President Rouhani recently brought up the matter of equipping national university campus grounds in the high council of the Cultural Revolution following the positive votes of 10 members for relying on IAU to provide at least 50 percent of the state's higher education requirements,” he declared.
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani pointed to the IAU’s scientific, laboratory, and workshop facilities and stated that IAU’s laboratories are serving the whole country and SAHA (System of Azad Cooperative Labs) caters to the academic needs of the nation with its 7500 laboratories and 3500 workshops.
“Just recently, we established an IAU branch in Russia. Austria is seeking to set up an IAU office and the Oxford branch has been active in the UK,” he added.
Dr. Sharif-nia, head of Kish International IAU Branch and Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, assistant director of Islamic Azad University also presented reports on IAU’s programs and activities in this ceremony.