Social and Cultural Characteristics
Comparing with the other provinces, Yazd has strong educational structures, the point that is reflected in its rate of literacy, per capita of educational facilities in different educational levels, number of university students in proportion to the population and etc. These indicators have had positive effects on the other development indices of the province such as public health and medical care, industry and service. The literacy rate of Yazd province in 1390 (2011) was 87/8%. Comparing with literacy rate of the country, the province of Yazd the third position in the country ranking in this regard as well. Number of the students in 2013-2014 educational year were 190737 studying in 1699 schools. Chartable people willing to build school are frequent in this province and it is another important feature of the province's education.
Higher educational centers of the province are 45 with 70 fields of study and offering Associate, B.A, M.A, PhD and professional PhD degrees. There are about 89000 university students in the province and have made Yazd province the educational apex of the country. Science and Technology Park is one of the centers that act as a bridge between university and industry and pave the way for research and industrial development. At present this center has 172 active companies and 10 growth centers in the cities of this province.