Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences is one of the three medical universities in Tehran, the capital of Iran. It began its mission in 1961 with establishing the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
Presently, the university benefits from 12 schools admitting students in a wide and varied range of fields from 40 fellowships, 24 sub-specialties, 34 specialties, 43 PhDs, 3 general medical fields (medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy), to 63 majors at MSC and BSC levels. The university also benefits from the full time and invaluable cooperation of 1300 academic staff that educates and train some 12500 students. The university includes a 4 research institutes, and 62 research centers.
In addition to educating students and researching, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences is responsible for providing for and supervising health for more the 5 million citizens who live in northern and eastern parts of Tehran, and some of the cities next to the capital.
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
The history of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is closely linked with that of Belgium itself. When the nine provinces that broke away from the Kingdom of the Netherlands formed the Belgian State in 1830, there were three state universities in the country: Ghent, Liege and Leuven. Even though Brussels had been promoted to the rank of capital, it still had no university.
For this reason, in 1831 a group of leading Brussels figures in the fields of the arts, science and education set themselves the objective of creating a university for the city. They had the choice between a state university and, failing that, a private institution, since the Belgian Constitution, the most liberal in Europe, allowed for its possibility.
Finding the financial burden of the three existing universities too onerous, the Belgian government showed little enthusiasm for yet another state university. However, when in 1834 the episcopate decided to found the Catholic University at Mechelen, things began to happen very quickly. The liberal professions and Freemasons, who were promoting the Brussels university project, stepped up their efforts, with the result that the Université libre de Belgique, as it was originally known, inaugurated its first academic year on 20 November 1834.