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Professor Mohammad Kafi


Professor Mohammad Kafi began as 16th President of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad on 24 December 2013. Prior to this appointment Professor Kafi was Director of Evaluation and Assessment of Education (1990-1992),  Deputy President of Students and Cultural Affairs of the University (1997-2002) Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and Science Counselor of Iran in India and sub-continent (2003-2006). 

An alumnus of the Ferdowsi University of Mashahd in BSc and MSc, He graduated in Agronomy and Plant breeding. At University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Kafi obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in plant stress physiology and awarded Overseas Research studentship of the UK.

Based on the Professor Kafi's efforts, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad 2016–20 Strategic Plan builds on the work of the past five years and aims to maximize the University’s great strengths: Depth and breadth of research, education and technology; change to an international University, be a student based University; and a genuine desire to do good in the province, the country and in the world.

Dr Kafi is recognized nationally and internationally as scientist in the field of plant stress physiology. His work includes articles and books on indigenous Iranian plants including Saffron, Cumin, Berberis and Kochia scoparia.

Professor Kafi is member of many local and national higher education advisory and planning boards and in 2012 was appointed as one of 20 top scientists in agronomy in Islamic world.
FUM Presidents from 1958 to present
Name & Surname
Start of presidency End of presidency
Dr. Hossein SamiRad
Dr. Ziaodin Esmaeel-Beigi
Dr. Mohsen Ziayii
Dr. Abdollah Faryar
Dr. Nasrollah Moghtader-Mojhdehi
1973 1975
Dr. Sayyed Jalal Matini
1975 1977
Dr. Parviz Amoozgar
1977 1979
Dr. Sirus Sahami
1979 1980
Dr. Gholam-Ali Edrisian
Dr. Mahdi Etemadi
Dr. Hossein Eshtiagh-Hosseini
1985 1990
Dr. Abdol-Rasoul Kazempour
1990 1996
Dr. Ali Sarafraz Yazdi
1996 1998
Dr. Abdolreza Bagheri
1998 2005
Dr. Alireza Ashouri
Dr. Mohammad Kafi