According to IAU public relations, a cooperation MoU was signed between the IAU School of Communication Science & Media Studies and University of Oslo, Norway in 2015. In line with the MOU, IAU president Dr. Mirzadeh met with the academic delegation accompanying Dr. Elisabeth Eide, who represented Oslo University.
Dr. Mirzadeh first pointed to the history of IAU and its founder, the late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, and stated that Islamic Azad University is the largest brick-and-mortar university and also the world's third-largest university in terms of student population.
“One of the most important features of the Islamic Azad university is its 400 national centers and 10 international offices in United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Oxford, Moscow, Russia, Milan, Italy, Malaysia, Oman, and Germany,” said Dr. Mirzadeh, “developing international collaborations and communicating with reputable universities to exchange faculty and students are among our main priorities in the IAU.”
Dr. Elisabeth Eide stated that with 2500 students in various fields including journalism, media management, social sciences, and communication sciences, Oslo University mostly focuses on interdisciplinary courses such as history, engineering, political science, information technology.
Dr. Eide also added that based on the signed MoU with the IAU School of Communication Science & Media Studies, journalism and climate change workshops and also journalism seminars will be held this week at the school and participants will be granted a certificate.