UAST officials met with the Iraqi cultural attaché to the Islamic Republic of Iran to explore opportunities for vocational and educational training (VET) and applied sciences

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UAST officials met with the Iraqi cultural attaché to the Islamic Republic of Iran to explore opportunities for vocational and educational training (VET) and applied sciences

A meeting was held by the Office of International and Scientific Cooperation at the University of Applied Science and Technology (UAST), Islamic Republic of Iran with Dr. Amjad Hamid Muzaffar, the Republic of Iraq cultural advisor to the Islamic Republic of Iran on June 29, 2020 in UAST headquarter Office in Tehran. The Iraqi delegate negotiated with the aim of becoming acquainted with the UAST educational, research, and skills training in short-term and degree-based programs to develop scientific cooperation between the UAST and its Iraqi counterparts in applied science universities.

Prof. Mahmoud Reza Delavar, Adviser to the President and Director General of the UAST International and Scientific Cooperation Office, opened the meeting by welcoming the Iraqi delegate and introduced the UAST as Iran’s major university of applied sciences. He stated that the UAST was established in 1992 and currently has 596 educational centers throughout the country. These centers provide degree-based educational programs at Associate and Bachelor’s levels in addition to some short-term training programs including workshops, single and multi-courses, and modular educational programs. Prof. Delavar also indicated that the UAST has about 32000 part-time academic staff and about 216000 students in four areas: Industry, Agriculture, Management and Social Sciences, and Culture and Arts. The UAST also has 162 innovation centers and three international centers in Tehran, Karaj, and Isfahan, which offers degree-based programs. Furthermore, the UAST educational centers can organize short-term educational programs and training for Iraqi students, experts, and work force.

In this meeting, Assoc. Prof. Mahdokht Boroujerdi Alavi, the UAST Vice-President for Research and Technology, emphasized that, given the demand from the Iraqi universities, research centers, and industries, the UAST is pleased to admit Iraqi students. In addition, Dr. Behrahi, the Director of Educational Programs Development Office, elaborated on the major advantages and missions of the UAST, emphasizing the University’s readiness for admitting Iraqi students.

Prof. Delavar also offered the possibility of establishing educational centers in Iraq under the auspices of UAST through interested parties in the private sector and NGOs. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss scientific cooperation for the exchange of students and academic staff, training for trainers, the establishment of short-term and degree-based educational programs, the admission of Iraqi students, and assisting Iraqi universities in equipping their laboratories as requested by the Iraqi delegate. Visits to UAST educational centers will be arranged in order for the Iraqi delegate to become more familiar with the opportunities and expertise available at the UAST. The parties also stressed the continuation of meetings and the development of scientific cooperation with UAST by the Iraqi counterparts, in view of the very good relations that exist between the two countries and the existence of cultural, religious, and geographical interests of the two countries.



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