Gap between university, production, industry unacceptable/ University quality must increase/ No way other than resistance today/ Professors, academics trusted by society/ Respecting human, social capital essential
President described provision of the atmosphere of science and knowledge a great blessing for the Iranian nation after the Islamic Revolution, saying, Gap between university, production and industry is unacceptable and the quality of universities and majors need to be increased.
Speaking on Sunday evening in a meeting with professors and doctors, President Hassan Rouhani said, Figures and quantities help us feel that one of our greatest victories after the Revolution has been success in science and health.
He added, Today, we can compare health and medicine with the past, in terms of access to doctors and hospital beds.
In the past, we used to send patients abroad for a surgery, he added, saying, But today, it is the other way round and many Iranians and non-Iranians come to Iran from outside to have surgeries.
Today, our universities are ideal in terms of quantity, but we need to work hard to increase the quality as well, said Rouhani.
The President added, We need to pay attention to the fact that anyone who is graduated from university should have learnt a skill to help them find a job and take responsibility in the society easily.
On the special conditions of the country, he continued, Americans are claiming that they have never put this much pressure on Iran, therefore, the conditions are tougher than any other time. On the one hand, they have said that they do not favour the Islamic Republic of Iran system, and on the other hand, they say that the Iranian people need to change their behaviour.
The enemies sometimes set preconditions for negotiating with Iran, but in the recent weeks, they have been saying that they have no preconditions. They used to threaten us as if they were the greatest military power, but today, they are announcing that they are not after a war and just want us not to have an atomic bomb, which is of course baseless, continued Rouhani.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to say, In these special conditions, there is no way other than resistance.
We need to be united and integrated for resistance and steadfastness, and the people need to be fully aware of the current conditions and have no doubt that the way that the authorities have chosen is a good one, he said.
Stating that professors and universities can strengthen trust in the society, he said, As an elite group, professors and universities are the source of trust in the society and this is a great social power.
Dr Rouhani added, Today, we all have to choose a single path, and as the representative of the Iranian nation, I announce that there is no way other than resistance in these conditions until the enemies regret their actions.
Without a doubt, if the enemies understand that they have gone the wrong way, then we can sit around the negotiation table and settle any problem, he said.
President Rouhani also said, The greatest asset of the country is not money and the treasury, but human, scientific and social capital, and it is science that creates money and science and modern technology can bring welfare and resolve problems.
Source: Presidency of Islamic Republic of Iran