Professor Dr. Vahid Ahmadi, Advisor to the Minister of Science and NRISP President in an interview on “how to create interactions between the humanities and industry” told IRNA interviewer: professionals in the two fields of humanities and industry from professors, ministers, officials, decision makers to industry and university practitioners are trying to fix this breakthrough one day.
IRNA: When we talk about the continuity of the humanities and industry, what definition should be given to the industry?
Dr. Ahmadi: Sometimes industry means industrial issues in the fields of technical, equipment and technology and sometimes in other definition, it means a field of demand and has cultural and social dimensions. In this definition, we don’t consider the humanities and industry as technology and technical fields. If the purpose of the industry is the demand, this includes all technical fields, as well as municipalities, state ministries, Islamic culture and guidance, information, broadcasting and TV, education, welfare, the Judiciary, law enforcement, military, defense ministries and a set of ministries which are involved in various social, human, cultural, legal, managerial and economic issues in various ways.
So, if we look at the link between the humanities and industry with this correct approach, we should accept that many of our problems will be solved by the entry of humanities. The reference to this conjunction is the dominant approach in the world that links different domains; in the meantime, the humanities play an essential role in examining the human, cultural and social issues that emerge everywhere.
IRNA: From your point of view as a specialist in the field of engineering, where does the need for the link between the humanities and industry arise?
Dr. Ahmadi: At present, interdisciplinary disciplines have been developed in various technical fields and boundaries between sciences have been removed. In this context, it should be emphasized that in many cases these boundaries were eliminated between the humanities and industry as well. Here's an example: ethics is applied in industry and medicine, and ethical and cultural issues are considered to be part of medical science. Therefore, the lack of attention to the humanities in technology has a lot of consequences in people's lives and creates many problems. It should be noted that this entanglement scientifically means the creation of new disciplines and the removal of the boundaries between sciences. The humanities can play a vital role in solving the challenges, probabilistic problems, and customizing the technology to the needs and culture of the region.
IRNA: Is there also a connection between the humanities and industry in the world?
Dr. Ahmadi: In the world this is also the case. If you check, companies with high financial turnover and high socioeconomic impact, usually employ a combination of specialist and technical forces in the field of humanities. Large companies like Google, Microsoft, and even oil companies benefit from the people active in the humanities, economics and finance, social relations, commercialization, marketing, and legal issues. The fact is that the humanities interconnect with industry and other fields. And, a large company is not purely economic and only invests in technical and technical issues, but in this case all the domains are together.
IRNA: In your opinion and research experts have the humanities ever used in the mid-textures of the industry?
Dr. Ahmadi: In the world, this bond is completely established and is seen in all relationships, unfortunately, this link has not been seen in Iran. Since past eight years, major industrial projects have entered university and research centers, but we still do not have the experience of large collective work.
IRNA: As a specialist and professor in the field of research and industry, could you say why the importance of continuity of the humanities and industry so far left to the letter?
Dr. Ahmadi: The fact is that in the scientific system of Iran, universities are engaged in research and the industry is also entertaining production, for this reason, the industry doesn’t have a close relationship with the university, which goes to the humanities. In recent years, especially during the past eight years, industry has entered the university very seriously, which requires a better understanding of the capabilities of the humanities and how it works together. Also, industry and demand still are not entering macro projects to solve social problems.
IRNA: Why is the industry unwilling to cooperate with the humanities?
Dr. Ahmadi: The lack of competition and the receipt of specific funds from the government are two main reasons for the lack of willingness of industry to cooperate with the humanities. On the other hand, our industry does not exist in the international arena to solve various problems.
IRNA: How do you assess the role of the humanities and industry elite in linking these two domains?
Dr. Ahmadi: In the past 15 years, we had few graduated students to work in the industry. At the moment, this trend has changed and there is a significant presence of graduates in the industry, which is a good hope for us. Because it provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue and dialogue with each other. I'm reminded when we offered an industrial project to one of the ministries, the authorities declined their need and stressed that they would import everything they needed. Today, with the entry of graduates into the industry, a common language is created between them, and the possibility of dialogue and holding meetings between the humanities and craftsmen is created. This also provides a common understanding of the capabilities, needs, and approaches of others. After this stage, executive decisions should be made by decision makers in the Planning and Budget Organization and the parliamentarians should lay down rules to facilitate these communications.