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Living without poverty

Goal 1: Living without poverty


The Islamic Republic of Iran does not tolerate a life mingled with poverty and misery and strongly believes in following the words of the supreme poet  in our litearture,Hakim Abolghasem Ferdowsi, who writes that:

Human beings are members of a whole
In creation of one essence and soul
If one member is afflicted with pain
Other members uneasy will remain
If you've no sympathy for human pain 
The name of human you cannot retain

According to historical documents, Iranians make extraordinary efforts to earn a living and fight poverty, and even from the Islamic point of view, earning a lawful and good living is the highest form of worship. But the definition of the word poverty differs concerning various perspectives.

Based on the hierarchy of human needs, Abraham Maslow has drawn and designed human needs in five layers, and the dissatisfaction of each of these needs is considered a manifestation of poverty. But what is considered in the current situation is economic poverty, which is the driving force behind all social and cultural harms.

With such an approach, the Islamic Azad University of Mashhad has had a careful planning in order to provide a minimum life based on natural needs.


According to the defined standards, some of the indicators of the first SDG goal are presented in the following tables:

1-1 Research on poverty


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articles about low-income or middle-income countries

Ratio of joint publications with low-income countries: 7%

qualitative description 1-1-1:

The proximity of Khorasan Razavi province to Afghanistan and some Commonwealth countries such as Turkmenistan, or Iraq has made Islamic Azad University of Mashhad to have the concern of the development of neighboring countries. Therefore, it seeks the dissemination of papers on the crisis in the area which also includes low-income countries.


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Article Field Weighted Citation Impact


qualitative description 1-1-2:

The Islamic Azad university of Mashhad considers itself as a supportive source for less developed countries.


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Qualitative description 1-1-3:

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad has a cultural and social journal which includes the topics such as living without poverty to arise the sensitivity of academics about low-income and vulnerable groups and to anticipate a place in the mental atmosphere of Iran's youth to fight poverty.

1-2: Ratio of students receiving financial aid due to economic poverty


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Students receiving financial aid

Number of students: 40,000 students

Number of low-income students receiving financial aid: one thousand

Proportion of students receiving financial aid: 2.5%

Qualitative description 1-2-1:

To take a humanitarian action The Islamic Azad University of Mashhad in cooperation with the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee of Khorasan Razavi Province set up a charity organization to help students in need, which is considered a symbolic and wonderful activity in eastern Iran.


1-3: University programs to fight poverty


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The goal is to support the  the lower 20% decile of society

Admission of one thousand low-income students


Student success among the lower 20% decile

Graduation of needy students: 100%


Supporting low-income students

Completely and adequately in the form of providing tuition to the students


Student support for the lower 20% decile

Introducing them to Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and charities to attract financial resources through philanthropists


Supporting low- or middle-income students

Anti-Poverty University Plans to Support Poor Students: 15 In-Campus and Out-of-University Plans


Qualitative description 1-3-1: The goal is to accept the lower 20% decile

The Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, thanks to the teachings of Imam Khomeini, has provided the path of learning science and acquiring knowledge for all low-income students, and no student has an obstacle in receiving knowledge and entering the university.


Qualitative description 1-3-2: Student success of the lower 20% decile

The progress of low-income students is a sign and indicator of the importance of the university to the fate of all members of society.

In some instances, the superiority of such students who have reached high academic and social degrees due to the support of the university is observable. They have even been able to find their way to some government positions.

The success of students in the lower 20% decile of society depends on individual, family, social, educational and training factors and the university as a facilitator can have the greatest impact.

Qualitative description: 1-3-3: Support for low-income students

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad Branch has accepted the payment of tuition, the provision of financial resources, the payment of dormitory fees, the provision of financial aids, for low-income students so that the graduation process can be accelerated.Transforming low-income students into entrepreneurial and demanding graduates is at the forefront of academic decisions. According to academic research, some low-income students have a higher tolerance threshold due to social and family hardships and act more firmly in ambiguous situations.

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1-3-4: Support for students in the lower 20% decile of the society

Supporting and guiding students belonging to the lower

20% decile of the society for their university fees is done through attracting public donations and legal charities continuously and this in its own kind, in comparison with other organizations or Institutions , in the region is unique.

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1-3-5: Supporting low- or middle-income students:

Identifying the factors of success and failure of low-income students in their career and educational planning is important and effective.

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad has supported the conduct of 15 research projects inside and outside the university concerning the components and factors related to low and mid-income groups.


1-4: Community programs to fight poverty


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Assisting in the development local set-ups

Launching three public fundraising stations


Local start-up grants

Anti-Social Poverty Assistance Startups: one being developed


Plans for accessing services

Delivering public donations to needy neighborhoods:100 thousand dollars


Policy-making to fight poverty

Supportive, legal, and executive plans: 15 programs


Qualitative description 1-4-1: Assistance in local set-up

If societies suffer from poverty and economic hardship, the social cycle and other sub-systems will suffer immensely. In order to treat and prevent social problems, especially poverty, the Islamic Azad University of Mashhad has set up collection stations for support packages with the help of the students in the days of charity. Different activities are carried out to empower low-income students through the Strategy of Promoting Entrepreneurship.


Qualitative Description 1-4-3: Plans for accessing services 

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad has provided about 100,000 dollars in recent years for the needy and low-income students. The packages containing food, textbooks, health supplies and other essentials are delivered to the needy students. Helping and meeting underprivileged students is a source of pride for the academic community which is even ordered in our religion. 


qualitative description  1-4-4: Policy-making against povertyIslamic Azad University of Mashhad Branch has developed several plans directly and indirectly in such areas like protection, legal issues as well as executive issues regarding fighting poverty. The plans have received considerable attention from legislative authorities and implementers. The important point is that students and their families also immediately support in times of crisis an instance of which can be at times of flood or earthquakes.