About the Faculty
About the Faculty
The Faculty of Information Sciences and Knowledge Studies (FISK), was established as an independent school within University of Tehran Central Campus. It is the only faculty of its kind in the Middle-East and offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Information Sciences, Information Management, School Libraries, Academic Libraries and Archival Studies. FISK will be offering Online graduate courses by the end of 2014.
The stated mission of FISK is to train the future generation of Iranian infonauts capable of managing, working or offering advice in Information centers, research institutes, Science Policy-making bodies, Scientometric agencies, Documentation centers and Archival organizations.
FISK strength lies in its emphasis on the multidisciplinary approach to Information and its adoption of a syncretic view to information dynamics in the modern world. This is further enhanced by tradition of University of Tehran which fosters and encourages cross-fertilization among different scientific disciplines.
While a small faculty, FISK operates a number of research units. These units include a Scientometric Practicum, Digital Monitoring Lab, a cognitive informatics lab. Known collectively as Information Studies Laboratoris (infolab.ut.ac.ir), they support various faculty and graduate researches in a wide range of areas, from information future-proofing to Social Technical Data Analytics, Open Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Digital Divide and even Artificial Life. At any given time, there are between six to eight standing faculty members and a dozen affiliates working and lecturing to more than 130 students. A high proportion of the students are graduate students of which almost a third are PhD candidates.
While the faculty has a library for teaching purposes, it has standing orders with UTCENLIB and a number of information providers who provide an adequate access to the information materials required by FISK members.
FISK organization is fluid and does not follow a traditional departmental style so as to make it more responsive to the shifts and ebbs of Infosphere.