|Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific - Islamic Republic of Iran (UNEVOC - ACEID, 1996, 24 p.)|
|4. Strategies to Raise the Social Status of TVE System and its Graduates|
The first formal TVE institution was established in Iran in 1930. This college served as a means for educating skilled manpower in post high school training i.e. higher education in the technological line. This professional college was the recommendation of a German consultant as complementary to the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tehran which is an academically oriented institution.
The activities of this TVE college were gradually terminated in 1965 due to the lack of social status of the TVE as compared with white collar institutions such as the Faculty of Engineering mentioned before.
All technological colleges such as the Tehran Polytechnics, which initially established afterwards to substitute for that TVE college, changed their objectives to serve the science of engineering since this type of education enjoyed a higher status and prestige. All other attempts to establish TVE colleges failed and this situation had an adverse impact on the lower and secondary TVE schools throughout the country.