Association of the State Universities of the Caspian Region Countries (ASUCRC) Held a Webinar Meeting on July 7
The meeting was hosted by the University of Guilan as the director of the Association. Several universities and research centers of Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Russia, and Kazakhstan participated in the meeting. Also, Dr. Koohian, deputy director of the Center of International Scientific Cooperation in the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, and Dr. Najafi, head of the scientific representative of Iran in Russia & CIS, both took part in this meeting.
Dr. Ahmad Razi, Chancellor of the University of Guilan, briefly summarized what the University of Guilanhad done in its 9 months as the Director. Professor Yuri Pimenov, the executive director of the association, emphasized Russia and Russian universities’ support for Iran, and expressed how he strongly opposed unilateral and inhumane sanctions against the people of Iran during the current crisis. He, then, reviewed the activities of the members of the association and offered his suggestions for the members of the association during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Badma Salaev, president of the Kalmyk State University, asked for the next general assembly of the association to be held in April-May 2021, instead of October 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It was also decided that the members of the association must prepare a plan for a meeting of ministries of the science of the five Caspian Sea countries.
The association is comprised of 57 universities, research centers, and science and technology parks from Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan which has acted as a platform for regional cooperation between the research centers of the region for the past two decades. Holding joint courses and workshops, having joint research projects, and student and professor exchanges between the members of the association, publishing an ISI journal are among the activities of the association in recent years.