May 29, 2023

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Iranian, Russian universities discuss ways to broaden ties

TEHRAN – Officials from the University of Gilan and the University of Lomonosov held a meeting to enhance cooperation.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 15th congress of the Eurasian University Association which was held on March 2 in Moscow, IRNA reported.

Representatives of 125 higher educational institutions from 18 countries attended the congress.

They discussed the improvement of inter-university cooperation, cultural and scientific exchange, and digitalization. The event was organized by Lomonosov Moscow State University.

In this meeting, the vice president of Moscow State University announced the university’s readiness to implement the provisions of the memorandum of understanding between the two universities.

The proposal of conducting joint research, sending professors and doctoral students in the form of study opportunities, and holding joint academic courses are among the most important agreements between the two institutions.

In August 2022, Mohammad Javad Salmanpour, the deputy head of the Organization for Student Affairs, and Dmitry Kalinichenko, head of the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and the International Humanitarian Cooperation, met in Tehran.

During the meeting, Kalinichenko noted that there are 300 Iranian students with scholarships in Russia and that the number can increase in the future.

Salmanpour, for his part, said that most of the Russian students in Iran are studying without a scholarship mostly in the fields of Persian language and literature, linguistics, etc., and the Islamic Republic welcomes the increasing number of foreign students in these fields.

Iran is among the 15 successful countries in attracting international students, according to Salmanpour.

We have the ability and capacity to have more than 250,000 foreign students by 2026, he stated.

According to unofficial statistics, more than 300,000 Iranian students study abroad.

Russia is one of the prioritized countries for scientific and technological relations with Iran. Since 2016, various specialized working groups formed by the two countries in the fields of space, aerospace, cognitive sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, university cooperation, mega-science, information technology, energy, and regional cooperation.

During the last 5-6 years, the capacity of international interactions has been considered by Iran and Russia, and this cooperation has expanded by forming bilateral agreements through inter-sectoral coordination.


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