Iranian Islamic Azad University is expanding its footprint by opening branches in cities across Syria, expanding Tehran’s influence and raising eyebrows in the region.
The Islamic Azad University was founded in 1982 in Iran and is the second largest university after the University of Tehran. It is a non-governmental university founded by the late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
The university is also launching operations in Lebanon and Iraq.
Speaking to the media, Ali Akbar Velayati, head of the founders’ council of the Islamic Azad University, claimed that Bashar al-Assad had asked Iran to open branches of Azad University in Syria, according to a report by the Cairo-based Middle East News Agency (MP).
Velayati also said at a ceremony honoring Azad University officials that “friend and foe recognize Iran as the most powerful, influential and authoritarian regional country “and stressed that Iran contributes to maintaining the security of countries in the region only because it will ensure greater regional security.
Branches in Iraq, Lebanon
“The head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, Humam Hamoudi, announced that Iraq is willing to open branches of the Islamic Azad University in all cities of Iraq, and according to the agreement reached between the two countries , Iran will open branches in Karbala. , Najaf, Baghdad, Basra and Erbil, ”he added.
After discussing the establishment of a branch of Azad University in Lebanon, Velayati added: in all cities of Syria.
Velayati said that the branches of Azad University have been successful in many countries and added that “Western countries welcome the exchange of professors with Iran to conduct language education programs and Persian literature to their students “.
He said, “Iran supports neighboring and Islamic countries in terms of security issues, and also contributes to the development of Islamic culture, science and technology and helps regional and local achievements.”
The adviser to the Iranian leader described the activities of the branches of the university as “successful” in various countries. He said the universities “are currently teaching Persian and Shia Islamic culture, thanks to the might and strength of Iran.”
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