Three Joint Programs with South Korea and Two European Countries to start in October
The Acting Minister for International Scientific Cooperation of the MSRT, Dr. Salar Amoli, informed the attendees of the 9th session of directors of international relations of Iranian Universities, Research Institutions and Science and Technology Parks, that the MSRT has now issued the license for 3 joint Programs for international scientific cooperation with South Korea and two European countries.
In this meeting, where Minister Farhadi, and 3 of his deputies, and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs were also present, Dr. Salar Amoli added that implementation of these Joint Programmes will take place in October 2016. The director of the Centre for International Scientific Cooperation of the MSRT, pointed to the existing scientific potentials and capabilities in the country, and stated that science and technology improvements are one of the main piers of development in the country. He added that internationalisation in the field of science and technology is not an independent programme and is only possible with other organisations and ministries such as Ministry of Foreign Affair and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.
Dr. Salar Amoli added that in line with internationalisation, the MSRT managed to initiate international scientific cooperation with many countries, in the form of signing MoU. This cooperation has now been expanded in the forms of introducing Joint Venture Research Projects between Iranian and academics abroad, holding Joint Programmes for PhD students, and admission of international students, that will be followed by visit of 12 Russian university rectors in October, who shall put the signed MoUs into action. The Acting Minister in international scientific cooperation also referred to the existing cooperation with the Max Planck Society as a very significant achievement, and added that opportunities for such cooperation have only been possible in the post-sanctions era. Dr. Salar Amoli hoped for internationalisation of 10% of the country’s scientific projects in the next 10 years.