The education ministry has confirmed that universities, colleges and research institutes have been warned to be careful when teaching Iranian nationals about nuclear technology.
A ministry spokesman told news agency ANP that a letter urging caution was sent out in September, but added that this does call for Iranian students to be banned from attending classes on nuclear technology.
The ministry’s statement follows the news earlier this week that Twente University of Technology is refusing admission to all Iranian students saying it cannot guarantee that they will not attend lectures on nuclear technology. Three students have so been excluded so far.
Eindhoven University says it will leave it up to the secret service AIVD to assess the risks on an individual basis. ‘We cannot take the responsibility,’ a spokesman told the Volkskrant.
The education ministry spokesman said that the education, foreign affairs and justice departments are currently looking at the idea of a ban on allowing Iranians to study nuclear technology in the Netherlands. The immigration service is also involved in the talks.
The immigrations service has asked for advice about several dozen students but has not yet imposed any bans, a department spokesman told the Volkskrant on Friday.
The idea of a ban comes from United Nations resolution 1737 which states Iranian nationals should not be given specialist education in nuclear technology.
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