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Iranian Students Rejected from Swedish Universities

Published tisdag 21 juli 2009 kl 18.49

After the Swedish Security Services sent a letter to seven universities in Sweden, Iranian citizen's are no longer welcome to courses that teach nuclear physics and advanced robotics, Swedish Radio News reports. At least five of the universities have rejected Iranian students who have applied to their programmes.

The letter from the Security Services, which was sent last summer, explains that there are UN Resolutions regarding restrictions against Iran, due to concern of the country's nuclear programme. One of the restrictions regards education which can contribute to nuclear proliferation.

In a comment to Radio Sweden News, Janne Wallenius, professor of reactor physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, says he does not think they teach anything very advanced that can be used for nuclear weapons, only things that are already generally well known.

Swedish Radio International has spoken to one student that has been rejected because of the restrictions. "Sara" wanted to continue her studies in nuclear physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, after getting her degree at Shiraz University in Iran, but was told she could not, due to her choice of subject. "Sara" now says she will apply for studies in electrical engineering instead.

North Korea are also affected by the UN restrictions, but according to the Security Police, there are only very few North Korean Students in Sweden.

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