Iran, Afghanistan to Expand Academic Cooperation

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:19

The minister of Afghanistan higher education, Khwaja Omari, has visited the head of Islamic Azad University board of directors and trustees in order to expand academic cooperation.

According to an ISCA report, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati hoped for increasing bilateral cooperation and stated that Iran is Afghanistan's second home.

Pointing to the IAU’s missions which are running branches in neighboring countries, Dr. Velayati added that, Kabul IAU has admitted many students so far and become one of the active units of this university.

As he said, almost 16 thousand Afghan students have graduated from Iranian schools and universities and voiced Iran’s readiness to offer scholarship to talented Afghan students.

“Currently, 900 students are studying at the Islamic Azad University in Kabul,” Velayati said. “We are ready to offer scholarships to Afghan citizens who are talented and wish to have higher education.”

According to Velayati, the Islamic Azad University has branches in Russia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and a number of European countries. “We would like to particularly expand our branches in regional countries where we share more commonalities,” he added.

Khwaja Omari also noted that Afghanistan is ready to expand and develop academic relations with Iran, “We hope that Islamic Azad University will cooperate academically with us as well. For this end, we need closer cooperation with the Islamic Azad University.”

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