Switzerland Eager for Academic Co-op with IAU

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 14:50

The chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran met with the Swiss president with an invitation to visit an IAU branch.

ANA (Azad News Agency) reports that Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani met with the Switzerland president, Johann Schneider-Ammann. After observing the interest and enthusiasm of his guest for establishing academic collaboration with the Islamic Azad University, Ayatollah Rafsanjani extended an invitation for a tour of any IAU branch to provide a better picture of the strengths of the university.

The chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council referred to Iran’s readiness in developing interaction and cooperation with developed countries, particularly Switzerland: “Switzerland has always been an example of a peaceful and neutral country; this was a highlight during the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, which made Switzerland the perfect host for resolving such a major and significant case to the benefit of the entire global community,” he explained.

On the facilities and features of the IAU, Ayatollah Rafsanjani stated that “Aside from state universities and Higher Education Centers, the Islamic Azad University is a major force in Iranian academica, with 450 branches, one million and 800 thousand students, 11 thousand laboratories and workshops, 70 thousand faculty members, and several international branches. It is the largest university in the world in terms of student presence,” explained the president of the IAU board of founders and trustees.

He pointed to several significant current projects such as electric motorcycles, solar cars, and waste to power electrical plants, closing his remarks with the fact that “young, educated and creative Iranian academics provide excellent means for scientific exchange with other countries; Switzerland, with its scientific and technological background, could surely have a position among these collaborators.”

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