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strengthening global knowledge

The YAS Foundation’s Academic contributions draw inspiration from the world’s oldest university: Jondi Shapour University in the Iranian city of Dezful.

Jondi Shapour was built 1,700 years ago by Shapour I of Sassanid Dynasty, in the Persian Empire. Considered one of the world’s birthplaces of knowledge and wisdom, for centuries the university has served as a model for the study of medical sciences while empowering scholars, scientists and researchers from around the world.

The YAS Foundation has donated millions of dollars to universities and colleges including West Virginia University, Stanford University and the University of New Hampshire.  The Foundation provides both one-time and multi-year grants for programs such as:

An annual open poetry festival presented by the University of New Hampshire, offering financial awards while supporting a poet-in-residence and graduate student financial assistance.

A multi-year postdoctoral research associate investigating interpersonal relationship psychology, in partnership with the University of Calgary.

A variety of Persian studies programs supported through scholarships and professorships at leading colleges and universities.