IAU and UNESCO Negotiate Mutual Cooperation

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 02:21

The president of Islamic Azad University visited officials of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission in order to negotiate aspects of cooperation.

According to ISCA (Iran Student Correspondents Association), Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh expressed his willingness for communicating and collaborating with UNESCO in scientific, cultural, and educational fields. He voiced his concern that many Iranian organizations pay membership fees to international organizations and are willing to cooperate with them, but unfortunately the most benefits seem to be reaped by other countries.

“IAU is exceptionally effective in cultural, social, and economic development and is a proud national heritage; therefore, it is essential that it be protected and introduced as a global resource,” stated Dr. Mirzadeh. He also explained that IAU is unique due to its high number of students, total budgetary independence, 20 million square meters of educational spaces, and 70 thousand full time and part time faculty members.

The president of IAU suggested that this university be registered as a successful model for scientific and cultural education, adding that “protecting the environment and providing primary and secondary education to students and also SAMA (affiliated with Islamic Azad University) students could be considered as potential lines of cooperation.

Dr. Taha Hashemi, Deputy of Student and Cultural affairs of Islamic Azad University proceeded to explain how under Dr. Mirzadeh, the university has shifted from a 1st generation, education-oriented body to a 4th-generation, society-oriented academic entity, charged with raising multi-dimensional students and alumni.

IAU executive deputy, Dr. Siamak Khademi; head of the communications department, Dr. Farhad Etemadi; head of science department, Dr. Mahin Gazani; head of culture department, Dr. Abdollah Mestkin; head of social science department, Dr. Sheida Mahnam, and executive consultant of UNESCO National Commission in Iran, Leila Fazel, presented their views and opinions in this session.

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