Iran and Iraq Define the Road Map for Scientific and Research Cooperation
A group of Iraqi delegates, headed by H.E. Dr Qusay Al-Suhail, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research paid an official visit to the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to have a meeting with H.E. Minister Gholami.
In this meeting, the ministers discussed expanding and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Referring to the existing cultural, religious and social similarities and so, having awareness on the existing challenges in Iraq, Dr Al-Suhail highlighted the need for making arrangements between the highest levels of two sides, for a brighter future.
In line with this, both ministers welcomed bilateral scientific cooperation and highlighted the vital role of exchanging knowledge and experience in securing a bright future for both countries.
Minister Gholami also confirmed the importance of expanding and deepening the cooperation between Iranian and Iraqi universities and research institutions, and announced that there are currently 3,300 Iraqi students studying at Iranian universities; 700 of which are at PhD levels. He also announced MSRT’s readiness in admitting more Iraqi students (both self-financed and sponsored by MSRT) at Iranian universities,
Moreover, due to having geographical, environmental similarities and having common industrial, social and cultural challenges, he pointed exchange of students, researchers and lecturers and undertaking joint venture research projects, as two of the main ways of expanding such cooperation. Furthermore, the two ministers described the roadmap for future cooperation in the form of the following topics:
- Enhancing cooperation from academic to research
- Undertaking joint exchange between Al-Zahra University and Iraqi universities in post-graduate studies
- Undertaking Joint Venture research projects between Sharif University of Technology and Iraqi universities.