Internationalisation of Higher Education in Iran


The aim of IHEI is to raise the International Relations capacities of Iranian Higher Education Institutions by increasing their potential openness and reducing barriers for fluid international exchanges. Hence, IHEI will strengthen the international dimension of the Iranian higher education system via transfer of know-how, management capacities and good practices.

Through the engagement of six Iranian universities, five different administrative regions of the Islamic republic of Iran are triggered. Additionally, three European partners are committed to IHEI´s goals. Through this project, the First National Network Internationalisation of Higher Education will be developed to harmonise internationalisation practices at a national level.

IHEI will have strong impact and increase national level awareness on challenges and existing initiatives in internationalisation of higher education institutions; enhance human, organisational and technical capacities at institutional levels to promote efficient internationalisation and create a pool of qualified human resources to effectively implement reforms, using modern tools and methodologies, and finally strengthen the international institutional capacities, through development of international strategic action plans and joint strategies for efficient management of International Relations Offices.

Specifically the project has four main aims:
  1. Modernise International Relations Offices of six Iranian universities via updating of IT system and capacity building (“train the trainer” workshops and visits to European international relations structures). Partners will disseminate project results in each region generating national level impact.
  2. Draft 2 important documents for impact at macro and micro level: “White Paper for credit recognition and international higher education mobility in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, addressing one of the main difficulties for internationalisation of Iranian higher education and “International Relations Office Management Guide in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, for the harmonisation of international practices at institutional level.
  3. Set-up the 1st National Network in International Relations in higher education in the Islamic Republic of Iran;
  4. Promote national level dialogue to increase awareness of the importance of international relations and develop strategies for its development, especially regarding credit recognition and student mobility."
  • Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran: Link
  • Shiraz University, Shiraz: Link
  • Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad: Link
  • University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan: Link
  • University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj: Link
  • Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahva: Link
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