Thursday, July 22, 2004

1998 - Zahra Rahnavard named university chancellor in Tehran

Zahra Rahnavard named university chancellor in Tehran: "9-23-1998 - Iranian woman named university chancellor in post-revolution first

TEHRAN, Sept 23 (AFP) - A woman has been appointed chancellor of a university in Iran for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution,
the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.

Zahra Rahnavard started work Wednesday at Tehran's al-Zahra university, which accepts only female students.

Rahnavard, the wife of former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mussavi, is a writer and has been teaching art and political science courses in
several universities. She holds a masters degree in arts and a doctorate in political science and has published 15 books.

The Minister of Higher Education, Mostafa Moin, said in a speech inducting Rahnavard as a chancellor that the number of female professors had increased from 13.6 percent in 1977 to 17.7 percent now."