Vision and Mission
Based on the belief that access to knowledge is the right of every human being and the violation of this right the greatest oppression, BIHE was founded as an institution of higher education to provide the Bahá’í youth of Iran, who, since 1980, have been barred from entering universities for their beliefs, with quality education that prepares them with the required attributes, knowledge, and skills to lead a spiritually and materially prosperous life and to be of service to their country and humanity.
“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone… In truth, knowledge is a veritable treasure for man and a source of glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto him.” (Baháʼu'lláh)
The vision of BIHE is to prepare generations of youth that participate in the generation, application, and dissemination of knowledge and actively contribute to the creation of a peaceful, just, and sustainable society.
For education to become an agent of constructive change, an evolving social consciousness needs to permeate its aims and content.
BIHE students and graduates are trained to seek knowledge, to search for truth, beauty and justice, to pursue excellence in a spirit of loving fellowship, to become independent learners, creative thinkers and problem solvers, to examine dynamic interactions between scientific facts and universal values as a frame of reference for the meaningful application of knowledge, to appreciate the role of technology in laying the material foundation of civilization, and to draw upon the lessons of the past in order to advance new understanding for the future.
BIHE strives to provide Bahá’í youth in Iran with rigorous higher education that helps them develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required for their personal growth and for contribution to the betterment of society.
While BIHE adheres to its original mission of providing the best possible resources and conditions for learning and research, it continues to promote education and respond to the pressing and ever-changing needs of society and prepare its students to adopt an outward looking orientation in the arts and sciences.