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Virtualization of Universities in Iran

Virtualization of Universities in Iran
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Author(s): Mohammad Ali Sarlak (Tehran University, Iran)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch084
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


Establishment of virtual universities in Iran is considered an Innovation in Iran’s traditional higher education system and it been made possible Due to information technology. Iran as a developing country has-initiated a project called “development of virtual higher education centers” from the year 2001 , in order to reach such goals as : Making higher education available for every one , development of social Justice, provide answers to existing demands concerning higher education, Reduction of governmental expenses , making Universities smaller, coordination with other countries , not staying far behind the competitors , increase in Quality of educational services and decreasing of prevalent bureaucracy in higher education . Result of this project has been four governmental virtual universities and one private virtual university for providing educational services. Statist Traditional based on complex rules and regulations in running higher education combined with the lack of sufficient telecommunication infrastructures in Iran have made the operation of designed virtual universities a non-starter. Evaluations have shown that possibility of having virtual universities in Iran in short term is very little due to not having necessary conditions but in middle term has better chance.

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