Speaking to deans of universities and select researchers of Iran on Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani severely criticized the formerly prevalent political restrictions on universities.
Rouhani called on academics as the country’s elite class to put to criticism the government’s recent nuclear deal with the P5+1.
"Why is the university silent? Why are the professors silent? We want Socrates’ boldness. What are you afraid of? The Geneva agreement was the first evolvement for universities. Why should only a small number talk? Why must there be a bunch of uneducated people doing all the talk while our university professors talk in private? Why do you not step forward? The future will not forgive us for this,” he inquired.
The president added "Why are the Zionist so angry day and night once we do something? What is it with our neighbors raising their voices so much? It is clear. It is because a great job has been done.”
He further stated "Those who have a thing against the university believe that universities must be watched, not with eyes but with surveillance cameras. The present administration does not believe that the university is a problem.”