Glasgow Caledonian University has welcomed the election of one of its alumni, Dr Hassan Rouhani, as the next President of Iran.
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies, CBE, said: “I would like to congratulate our alumnus, Hassan Rouhani, on being elected President of Iran, a truly significant achievement.
“I hope his period as a scholar at Glasgow Caledonian University will prove beneficial as he assumes office, and I wish him every success as he works towards a positive future for Iran and its people.”
Dr Rouhani, who was a clear winner of the Iranian Presidential election capturing more than 50% of the vote, studied at GCU in the 1990s under his family name of Hassan Feridon. He was awarded an MPhil in 1995. His thesis was entitled The Islamic Legislative Power with reference to the Iranian experience. In 1999, Dr Rouhani gained a PhD with his thesis, The Flexibility of Shariah (Islamic Law), with reference to the Iranian experience.
Dr Rouhani’s election campaign videos featured pictures of Glasgow Caledonian University and the former GCU student spoke warmly of his time in the city. On Tuesday, June 18, the Glasgow-based Herald newspaper reported on Dr Rouhani’s first news conference in Tehran, quoting him as saying he would “follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism”.
“We have to enhance mutual trust between Iran and other countries,” said Dr Rouhani. “We have to build trust.”
Dr Rouhani will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of Iran when he demits office in August.
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