University of Kashan was founded at first as an institution of higher education in 1973. It began its activities in October, 1974 by 200 students of mathematics and physics. In 1989 more academic fields were added and the institution continued its activities as Kashan Teacher-Training University under the supervision of the Ministry of Science. In 1994, by offering engineering disciplines, this university was acknowledged as a main university by the Ministry of Science. In 1995 College of Architecture and Arts was added to the university with an emphasis on the local needs, art and industries of the region. Faculty of Chemistry, as the 5th college after Science, Humanities, Engineering, Architecture and Arts, was founded in 2008. Currently, University of Kashan, within the boundary of 530 hectares and with 80000 square meters of infrastructure (building), in addition to educational campuses, sports facilities, dormitory complexes, restaurant complex, amphitheaters, green spaces, mosque, study halls and health-care center provides leisure, services and comforts to the students. Besides the five mentioned colleges, there are three active research institutes including Nano Technology, Natural Essential Oils, and Energy and also three Research Centers including Kashan studies, Carpet, and Astronomy that contribute to the fact that University of Kashan in recent years has been among the top ten universities in Iran. Accommodating more than 7500 students in 50 disciplines of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels and having about 300 full-time energetic faculty members.
The current Internationalization Strategy has been developed in line with the overarching goals laid out in University of Kashan’s Strategic Plan 2013-2018. The goals and objectives defined in this Internationalization Strategy in turn, will be operationalized through, and form the basis for, University of Kashan’s International’s annual plans. A key characteristic of University of Kashan’s 2020 agenda is the deepening of its engagement with the Partner Universities, with one of the high-level goals of that agenda being the consolidation of our reputation as Top 5 universities with the most International activities in Iran.
The consultation process undertaken in the development of this Strategy has led to some discussions, and I look forward to continuing those discussions with colleagues as we work towards the various goals outlined in this document.
Professor Abbas Zaraat
University of Kashan