The 68th session of the Experts of the Secretariat of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution entitled “Iran's Competitiveness Assessment in the Region Using the Scientific Complexity Index”  was held at the above-mentioned Secretariat.

In this meeting, Dr. Behrouz Shahmoradi and Dr. Elmira Janavi, NRISP faculty members presented the results of their research project.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Shahmoradi said; the scientific complexity approach is derived from the complexity of the economy and since the economy becomes more complex each and every day, we cannot rely on very simple and one-dimensional indicators to predict growth and development.

He added that the economic complexity index is related to a country that has the highest production capability and can produce the most and so, given the capabilities of producing a product, the indicators of its economic complexity will go up or down.

Dr. Shahmoradi said; based on this approach, it turns out that in the future, which industries will be promoted or eliminated, or which sciences will be widespread in the future, and which will be wrapped up and will only be found in a particular country.

Dr. Janavi also said: we were convinced that this index which is the best tool to estimate economic growth, could also be fruitful in the field of science. She added; the question that arises in this regard is that whether our universities should go towards scientific diversity or scientific expertise, or both? Given the definitions and examples of economic complexity, the index of scientific complexity also refers to the capabilities of science production.

She added; among the two countries that have equal scientific production quantitatively, the country with a higher academic rank has a high scientific complexity index. Therefore, the scientific diversity in determining the index of scientific complexity is of great importance.

By: Niksiar