According to IAU public relations, Dr. Mirzadeh presented an overview of the status of IAU and acknowledged the influential role of the university's pioneers and founders, such as Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, in establishing IAU as the largest brick-and-mortar university in the world.
Mirzadeh noted that IAU takes in students in all academic fields and at all levels and currently holds a rank of 162 in the ESI database with regards to global science production. He mentioned that 68 thousand faculty members and professors are active in this university - which can be a tremendous asset for international universities interested in further cooperation. In addition to running 4 international branches, IAU has launched 3 international offices in Italy, Germany, Russia and Oman so far and plans are in order to develop its international activities.
The IAU president referred to the IAU international office which consists of a principal unit, a virtual (online) unit, and international offices and stated that opening such offices is done in 2 steps: “First, we establish our office in a foreign country with which we have signed a cooperation MoU and set it up as a nexus to link up with universities of that country. At this point, one of the main priorities of IAU which is teaching Persian language and literature to Iranians and Farsi-speakers becomes possible.”
He added that in the first phase, IAU makes optimal use of the academic facilities of the host university, “Moscow Synergy University, Polytechnic University of Milan, Essen and Nottingham in Germany are IAU’s host in those countries. We welcome all Austrian universities that will work with us in this network and therefore it appears essential to open an office in this country.”
In this meeting, Austrian ambassador Friedrich Stift stated that the Austrian government welcomes cooperation with IAU and running its office in Austria.
Stift made specific mention of medical and paramedical training cooperations, development of international relations, and scientific and technological collaboration between universities of both countries, and that the Austrian government shall support further endeavours in related fields.