Women have achieved great educational attainment in Iran, and currently make up about 60% of univeristy students, but new restrictions seem to be aimed at undercutting this.
More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses.
These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and business.
While only some of Iran’s universities have actually instituted the limits, this will surely have more wide-ranging effects, as women interested in the relevant majors will be competing for spots at other universities. It’s unclear why the limits have been instituted, but several news sources have cited the Iranian administration’s concern about declining birth rates and the prominent role women played in the Tehran protests.
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