Dr. Hossein Ebrahimi Director General of the Islamic Azad University International Affairs after meeting with Dr. Salam Hassan Taha, Scientific and International deputy of the Higher Education Minister of Iraq and the accompanying delegates said,” visiting the Islamic Azad University is the origin of continuous cooperation between Iran and Iraq in scientific and academic sectors.”
Dr. Ebrahimi declared,” The IAU undertakes more than 50 percent of the higher education responsibilities in Iran.”
He continued, “Higher education expansion is one of the priorities of the IAU. This university has a good record of activities in research, establishment of the knowledge- Based companies, growth centers, and scientific and technological parks.”
He emphasized,” The Islamic Azad University International Affairs Office with its 5 overseas branches and other collaboration offices, has an active participation in the international arenas.”
Dr. Ebrahimi continued,” The Islamic Azad University is ready to have mutual cooperation in scientific and research scopes, student exchange and providing sabbatical leaves for the Iraqi professors at the IAU.”
The Director General stated that this university enjoys high rankings at the ISI research sector, and producing scientific articles.
Dr. Ebrahimi stated,” We provide the opportunities for Iraqi professors to cooperate with the IAU English and Arabic magazines. The IAU has 367 scientific- research magazines that can cooperate with the professors of the Iraqi universities.”
He requested the Iraq higher education delegation to visit the IAU branches.
Also, Director General of the Islamic Azad University International Affairs answered the Iraqi delegates’ questions regarding educational, research, and sport opportunities, the number of the IAU students and the process of students’ enrollments, the faculty member salaries, students’ tuition, etc at the IAU.
Dr. Salam Hassan Taha, Scientific and International deputy of the Higher Education Minister of Iraq in this meeting also said,” I am very astonished by Dr. Ebrahimi’s report on the facilities, capabilities and opportunities of the IAU.”
He stated,” The IAU is very unique, and by considering my numerous travels to the universities in different countries, I have not seen a similar university like the IAU.”
Iraqi official declared, “in this meeting, I have noticed that the facilities of the IAU is numerous, and this university has been added to the list of qualified Iraqi universities, and the opportunity for mutual collaboration between the Iraq higher education, and the IAU has been created.”
He finally said, “In this meeting it is determined to appoint delegates from the Iraq higher education and the IAU to commence and follow up more and more cooperation between these two academic and scientific organizations.”
Dr. Friedrich Stift, the honorable Austrian Ambassador in Iran, met and discussed with Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh, the President of the Islamic Azad University for the second time at the IAU.
Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh in this meeting welcomed the proposal of the Austrian Ambassador regarding the cooperation with the IAU, providing information regarding the current situation of this university.
Dr. Mirzadeh mentioned the role of the Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani in establishment of the IAU, and enumerated the items that formed the biggest attending university of the world.
He stated that the Islamic Azad University enrolls students from all scientific fields at all levels, and according to the ESI scientific database, the rank of the IAU to participate at the science production in the world is 162.
The IAU President also pointed out the activities of approximately 68 thousands of faculty members of the university, and focused that cooperation with the IAU is an opportunity for Iran and every international university.
Islamic Azad University expands international activities
“In addition to establishing 4 international branches, the IAU has launched three international collaboration offices in Italy, Germany, Russia, and one new branch in Oman in recently, and decided to expand its international activities,” Dr. Mirzadeh said.
By referring to the visit of the IAU delegation to Austria, discussing international cooperation between two countries, Dr. Mirzadeh expressed that the IAU is ready to establish an office in Austria.
He stated that at this stage, with the cooperation of the E- branch, one of the IAU priorities regarding the education of Iranians and Persian speakers’ residents in foreign countries fulfills.
“ Every university in Austria can cooperate with us in this network, and we welcome this opportunity, but it is necessary for us to have a central office at one of the universities in Austria”, Dr. Mirzadeh added.
“The Islamic Azad University is one of the important universities in Iran that has active programs in all parts of the country, respecting all provinces, and the Austrian government welcomes cooperating with the Islamic Azad University and establishment of a representative office in Austria,” Dr. Friedrich Stift pointed out.
“It is necessary that the Austrian ministry of science and higher education will issue the licenses for establishing the IAU office in Austria,” the ambassador said.
Dr. Friedrich Stift also mentioned the possibility of performing special cooperation in medical and paramedical fields with the IAU.
“We welcome collaboration with the Islamic Azad University,” he restated.
“In current economical MoU’s between Iran and Austria, the items of science and higher education are considered as significant factors,” Dr. Friedrich Stift declared.
“It is very beneficial for one thousand and six hundred Iranian students in Austria to educate in Persian language according to the IAU’s approach,” the ambassador said.
Mirzadeh pointed to the fine relations between the countries and added the readiness of IAU to cooperate with Russian side in international academic and research fields.
He also mentioned to the agreement with the University of Synergy Russia and said: “Via this collaboration, the students from Synergy could virtually pursue their studies in Iran at IAU-Electronic Branch.”
The president of IAU expressed the University’s interest for further collaborative actions with Russian Congress Organization with in the beneficial framework of I. R. of Iran. He remined the recent spectacular successes of IAU in Germany RoboCup World Championship and said: "We can have cooperation with leading universities of Russia in the field of robotics."
Research and Academic Cooperation Panel with Islamic Azad University to be Held in Iran & Russia's Relations Economic Conference
The vice-president of the Russian Congress Organization expressed the organization’s mission to conduct a joint conference with the purpose of expanding mutual cooperation between the two countries. As proposed by the organization and approved by the IAU president, there will be an exclusive scientific and research collaboration panel for investigating further joint actions between IAU and Russian Universities.
** The IAU Director General for International Affairs: Islamic Azad University branch in Oman entered the operational phase
Dr. Hossein Ebrahimi the IAU Director General for International Affairs informed about inaugurating the Islamic Azad University branch in Oman.
Dr.Hossein Ebrahimi said, ”According to the ratification of the Islamic Azad University board of trustees regarding establishment of the IAU branch in Oman, after making arrangements in previous months, ultimately with the presence of Hujjat al-Islam Mohammadreza Nouri Shahroudi, the IAU president consultant, responsible for communication with the Islamic and Arabic countries, and Dr.Javad Mansouri the official responsible for Oman branch, the IAU branch in Oman was officially inaugurated and launched its activities.
Ebrahimi stated, “The preliminary works and the initial registration of the Oman branch including holding sessions with the ministry of higher education and the ministry of education of Oman have been held, and the main activities of Oman Branch includes IAU schools, university branches, dental branch, and establishment of knowledge-based companies in order to create educational opportunities.”
** Dr. Ebrahimi at Islamic Azad University-IAU Birjand Branch: Preparation for Iranians abroad to Pursue Studying via IAU Electronic Branch
Within a session hold for investigating IAU-Birjand branch’s international affairs and international students’ admission, Director General for International Affairs mentioned to the announcement of the IAU 5-year international document in near future and mentioned to the readiness of IAU Electronic Branch to admit Iranians living abroad for further academic studies.
The IAU International Affairs Director, pointed to the University’s efforts to attract non-Iranian Persian speaking students to study at IAU and the establishment of IAU’s Offices and International Network in Italy, Germany Russia, England, UAE, and Afghanistan.
The IAU’s Secretary of the Board of Trustees and President of the Islamic Azad University of South Khorasan also appreciated the follow-up activities conducted by International Affairs Office and the Representatives Office of MFA in the province, to enable South Khorasan to peruse the University’s intentional objectives. He added, “The settlement of IAU International Network provides the grounds for global excellence.”
Special Electronic Portal for non-Iranian Students’ Registration
Mr. Soroush Razmi, Director for non-Iranian Students Bureau at IAU International Affairs Office announced the uploading of the Special Electronic Portal for non-Iranian Students’ Registration and said that, the system is welcomed by the foreigners and we will face the expansion and excellence of IAU-International Network in near future.
The MFA representative in the South Khorasan Province also appreciated the IAU’s efforts to provide the grounds for admitting non-Iranian students and emphasized the MFA cooperation in the field.
By: M. I. Askari, IAU English Language Head Expert.