The online event was held on 7th July.
The participants were greeted by Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia Valery Falkov, Ambassador of Russia to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan, Ambassador of Iran to Russia Kazem Dzhalali, and Chairman of the Russian Union of Rectors Victor Sadovnichy.
Among the speakers was Rector Ilshat Gafurov. He mentioned the existing cooperation projects with Iranian institutions, including a Persian manuscript research initiative with Mashhad University.
He also said about the Center for Iranian Studies (established in 2008 at Kazan University). In collaboration with Saadi Foundation and Cultural Office of the Embassy of Iran in Russia, the Center organizes Persian language courses, lectures, exhibitions, concerts and other educational activities.
Currently, KFU has 10 partner universities in Iran. In the past five years, our university and Iranian partners have co-authored 66 papers and co-organized 10 joint projects in spectroscopy, spintronics, magnetic optics, magnetic plasmonics, optical tomography and optical genetics. Dr. Gafurov specifically mentioned a large-scale project in oil and bitumen refining, deposit modeling and nano composites with the Tarbiat Modares University and Sharif Technological University.
Two joint grant applications – with Mashhad University and Nasir al-Din Tusi Technological University – are awaiting decisions.
Ilshat Gafurov proposed to develop partnerships in other promising areas, such as antiviral drugs, vaccines, and driverless transport.
Of course, KFU is also ready to provide educational services to Iranian nationals, including online services. Currently, there are 120 Iranian students here.
Russian-Iranian forums of rectors have been held since October 2015, when an agreement to establish the Association of Universities of Russia and Iran was signed in Moscow.
Source text: Leisan Zakirova
Photos: Nikita Tokhtasinov
Translation: Yury Nurmeev