0517 GMT April 22, 2021
The president of the University of Applied Science and Technology (UAST) called for the Iran Cultural and Press Institute (ICPI) to hold joint training programs for the staff of foreign media through the institute’s School of Journalism.
“The school not only can train Iranian media persons and those interested in media skills, but it can provide professional courses for foreign applicants,” Mohammad Hossein Omid said during his visit to the Iran Daily newsroom on Tuesday.
With the completion of the transfer of the ownership of School of Journalism from IRNA to the Iran Institute and readmission of domestic students for the upcoming semester, he added, the school can admit foreign students too.
The Iran Cultural and Press Institute is a subsidiary of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) which holds its license and used to own the school’s license as well before the government banned public institutions from running higher education centers.
Prior to the visit to Iran Daily and other publications of the institute, the UAST chief urged the school’s new management to focus on the development of practical short-term and modular curriculum beside the standard programs of nonconsecutive associate and bachelor’s degrees.
“A skilled person who has covered practical courses,” he added, “is capable of starting and running a small-sized business and earn more than holders of conventional higher academic degrees.”
The UAST is ready to extend its support to help the School of Journalism to uphold its brand, Omid said.
The UAST oversees the school’s operation.