Iran’s campaign to deny higher education to Baha’is

The Baha’i Institute for Higher Education

An educational initiative of the Baha'is in Iran, case studies and statements from students.

What is the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE)?

In what the New York Times called “an elaborate act of communal self-preservation,” the Baha’i community in 1987 established its own higher education programmeme to meet the educational needs of young people who had been systematically denied access to higher education by the Iranian government. At the time of the latest raids on its staff and resources, the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education was offering 17 university-level programmemes.

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BIHE Case studies

The stories of Hamid, Parviz and Miriam - young Baha'is from Iran who were barred from entering university because of their religion. With the help of the Baha’I Institute for Higher Education, all have been able to develop their skills and talents to be able to serve their country.

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Statements from BIHE students

Statements made by graduates from the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education about the value of the service that was offered to them in the face of their being barred from attending university in Iran.

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