St. Petersburg, Tehran Varsities Sign MoUs

St. Petersburg, Tehran Varsities Sign MoUsSt. Petersburg, Tehran Varsities Sign MoUs

The University of Tehran and Russia’s Saint Petersburg State University will cooperate in various academic and scientific areas.

Tehran University chancellor Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi and rector of the Russian university Nikolay Mikhaylovich Kropachev, signed a number of memorandums of understanding to explore avenues of expanding academic collaboration, at a meeting on the sidelines of the University Chancellors of Iran and Russia Conference in Moscow, held recently.

The one-day meet attended by academia from both sides, discussed scientific and academic capacities and potential ways of developing bilateral ties, IRNA reported.

Ahmadabadi underscored the need and importance of staying up-to-date with advancement in science and technology and elaborated on the history and progress of UT, the oldest and largest university in Iran established in 1934, and often ranked the best university in national and international listings.

Joint projects and scientific diplomacy can help sustain “cordial relations between peoples and universities across the world,” he said.

“Tehran University has great potential in academic streams such as oil and gas industries, as well as nanotechnology and biotechnology, and is ready to share its knowhow with Russian scholars,” he noted.

Kropachev called for expansion of mutual ties and pointed to his university’s activities in the fields of Farsi language and literature, Iran’s history, and eastern studies.

He said university heads could be in closer contact via video conferences on a regular basis, and suggested that the Russian university could be host to next year’s meeting of top universities from both countries.

Deputy Minister for Research and Technology Mohammad Taslimi was also present.

Chancellors from Sharif University of Technology, Shahid Behehsti University, Iran University of Science and Technologym, Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology, Allameh Tabatabai University, and universities of Tabriz, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Mahshad attended the conference.

From Russia, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Kazan National Research Technological University, the National University of Science and Technology, Pacific National University, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Novosibirsk State University, and Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities, were represented.

The Iranian delegation including Mehdi Sanaei, ambassador to Russia, visited the Saint Petersburg State University.