An Academic Delegation from Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain Visited Sharif

October 8, 2017: An academic delegation from BSC, Spain, consisting of Prof. Mateo Valero, Manager, Prof. Fabrizio Gagliardi, Senior Strategy Advisor, and Prof. Osman Unsal, Manager of Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms Group, paid a visit to Sharif. Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Rabiee, Chair of SUT’s Advanced Information and Communication Technology Research Center (AICT), and Dr. Asadi, Vice-Chair of AICT, played host to the delegation.

After the introduction of SUT and BSC by Dr. Movaghar and Dr. Valero, the parties discussed the possible lines of cooperation. Student and faculty exchange programs, sabbaticals, and dual degree programs were among the discussed topics. As Dr. Movaghar put it, since Sharif absorbs the best minds of Iran, such lines of cooperation would be beneficial to both sides. Following the meeting, joint projects between Sharif and BSC in important areas such as water management, air pollution, and supercomputation, were discussed by the participants. As Dr. Gagliardi stated, BSC is engaged in many projects encompassing such wide topics as modelling health, air, and water issues.  Therefore, SUT and BSC cooperation need not be limited to any specific field.

Finally, the parties decided to sign an MoU in the near future. This MoU would be signed between SUT and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) which houses Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Moreover, Prof. Valero warmly invited SUT’s professors to pay a visit to BSC in a near future to determine the lines of collaborations more specifically.

After this meeting, the delegation visited SUT’s Department of Computer Engineering as well and had a meeting with the professors and officials of this department.

It is worth mentioning that BSC is a prestigious international center which is ranked 13th in the world in 2017.

SUT and ULEAM Sign MoU

In a meeting that was held on October 8, 2017 in Sharif University of Technology, an academic delegation from Ecuador came to Sharif. The delegation consisted of Dr. Miguel Camino Solorzano, Rector of Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro De Manabi (ULEAM), Mr. Guido Zambrano, CEO of ZAMBRANO Group, and several others academicians of Ecuador. Dr. German Ortega, Ambassador of Ecuador, also accompanied this academic delegation. On the other side, Dr. Fotuhi, President of SUT, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, and Dr. Ahadian, Vice-Chair of SUT’s Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, played host to the delegation. During the meeting, expansion of collaborations between Sharif and Ecuador’s universities, especially in the field of Nanotechnology, were stressed. Moreover, Dr. Solorzano, invited Dr. Fotuhi to visit Ecuador and ULEAM in the near future.

A Delegation from Macquarie University, Australia Visited Sharif

Implementation of PhD Double Degree Program in the Near Future

September 25, 2017: A meeting was held at International Affairs Office with the presence of Dr. Tanveer Shaheed from Macquarie University, Australia. In the meeting, Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs Office, Dr. Mehrany, Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at SUT’s Electrical Engineering Department, and Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant played host to the delegation.

This meeting was a follow-up to SUT-Macquarie Double Degree PhD Program. As Dr. Mehrany said, the problems have all been resolved and hopefully in the course of a few months, the first cohort of Sharif PhD students will enroll in this program. Following the meeting, Dr. Shaheed told the participants that in the next November, another delegation from Macquarie University, including the Associate Dean of Research, will pay a visit to Sharif University. This delegation is going to give a talk to selected Sharif students about the Double Degree Program and also conduct interviews with several applicants. Other mobility programs between the universities, especially short visits of graduate students were discussed in the meeting. Moreover, research collaboration in health sciences and cyber security were also agreed upon by the parties. At the end, both parties expressed their hope that in the near future collaborations between SUT and Macquarie, both in terms of education and research, will be expanded.

It is worth mentioning that Sharif and Macquarie have already signed an MoU and Dual Degree Program Agreement.

A Delegation from the Australian Embassy Visited Sharif

A delegation consisting of Mr. David Landers, Head of Europe, America, and Middle of East of the Australian Embassy, Mr. Gerard Seeber, Head of Middle East of the Australian Embassy, and Mr. Reza Gharakhan, Business Development Manager of the Australian Embassy, paid visit to Sharif on September 2, 2017. Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Talebian, Vice-President of SUT’s Graduate School of Management and Economics, Dr. Shahbaz, Director of International Affairs of Urmia Lake Restoration Project and Ms. Asadi played host to the Australian delegation.

During the meeting, after a brief introduction of Sharif University of Technology by Dr. Movaghar, the parties discussed the possible lines of cooperation. Dr. Movaghar pointed out the high quality of education and research in Australian universities and expressed his hope that in the future the educational and research collaborations between Sharif community and Australian universities be expanded. Afterwards, Dr. Talebian talked about the executive MBA programs run by SUT’s Graduate School of Management and Economics, and stated that SUT is keen on cooperating with Australian universities in this regard. As he put it, the Australian Embassy can facilitate these programs in terms of visa-issuance and money-transfer. Following the meeting, Dr. Shahbaz, introduced Urmia Lake Restoration Project, and current cooperation with Australia in water research, specifically, Iran-Australia Joint Water Center, established at Sharif several months ago with the cooperation of Melbourne University. Mr. Landers, too, emphasized the importance of the problem of water in the region and expressed his hope that Australia can be of great help in this collaboration because of its experience and expertise.

It is worth mentioning that SUT currently has signed MoUs with four universities in Australia, including the University of Sydney, Curtin University, Melbourne University, and Macquarie University, the last two of which are implemented in terms of establishing a joint water research center and PhD dual degree programs, respectively.

Vice-Chancellor of Research of ENS, France in Sharif

Vice-Chancellor of Research of ENS, France in Sharif

Professor Yves Laszlo, French mathematician and Vice-Chancellor of Research at ENS, France, visited Sharif on July 18, 2017. In the meeting, which was held at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Dr. Movahedi, Vice-President of Research, Dr. Daneshgar, Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Ghofrani, Head of the Energy Engineering Department, Dr. Kia, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant played host to Dr. Laszlo.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Massoumian briefed Dr. Laszlo about Sharif University of Technology. The participants also discussed the possible lines of cooperation between ENS and SUT. Following the meeting, Dr. Laszlo introduced ENS to the participants. As he put it, according to QS rankings, ENS is the best university in France. This university consists of seven humanities and eight Natural Sciences departments. Moreover, there are 10 Fields Medal winners and 12 Noble laureates among its alumni.

Finally, the parties decided to start the collaboration between the institutes in terms of short-term internship programs for Masters and PhD students, faculty exchange programs, and double degree programs in two or three disciplines. It was also decided that an MoU be signed between the universities in the near future.

Afterwards, Professor Laszlo visited Sharif Technology Services Complex, Institute for Nano Science and Nanotechnology, and several labs in the Department of Chemistry. 

Iranian prodigy and Sharif Graduate, Professor Maryam Mirzakhani passed away at 40

Iranian prodigy and Sharif Graduate, Professor Maryam Mirzakhani passed away at 40

Maryam Mirzakahni, the first woman to win the Fields Medal in Mathematics, passed away on July 15, 2017. Mirzakhani was a graduate of SUT’s Department of Mathematics. At the time of her death, she was the professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.

In separate letters of condolence, Dr. Rouhani, President of Iran, Dr. Farhadi, Minister of Science, Higher Education, and Research, and Dr. Fotuhi, President of SUT, offered their condolences on the untimely death of Prof. Mirzakhani to her family and Iran’s academic society.

An Academic Delegation from Tsinghua University, China in Sharif

An Academic Delegation from Tsinghua University, China in Sharif

A delegation consisting of students and professors from Tsinghua University, China, visited Sharif on July 15, 2017. Professor Hu Yu, Head of Journalism and Communication Department of Tsinghua University, led the delegation. The other members of the delegation were graduate and undergraduate students who were interested in the expansion of cooperation with Iran from different angles- both from engineering perspective and humanities perspective.

The delegation visited SUT’s Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and also Sharif Technology Services Complex. They also had a meeting with several professors and officials of SUT- including Dr. Ghofrani, Head of Energy Engineering Department, Dr. Khalaj, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, Dr. Behzadipour, Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. Hajizadeh, Professor at the Graduate School of Management and Economics, and Dr. Fatemi, Professor at the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department.

During the meeting, after a brief introduction of SUT by Dr. Massoumian, Dr. Ghofrani gave a lecture entitled an overview of higher education in Iran with focus on Sharif University. On the other side, Mr. Zhao Chuang, introduced Tsinghua University to the participants. The parties also discussed the phenomenon of brain drain which besets both countries and proposed their solutions.  Finally, both parties expressed their hope that this visit can lead to a fruitful collaboration between the universities in the near future.

This Chinese delegation had also visited Kashan, Isfahan, and Shiraz during the previous days. It is worth mentioning that Tsinghua University is the best university in China and is ranked 24th in 2017 according to QS rankings. Moreover, SUT’s current active engagements with China are collaboration with Shanghai University in China and HKUST in Hong Kong.

Ambassador of Bulgaria in Sharif

Ambassador of Bulgaria in Sharif

In a meeting that was held on July 9, 2017 at SUT’s presidential office, Mr. Polendakov, Ambassador of Bulgaria in Iran came to Sharif. Dr. Fotuhi, President of SUT, Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, and Dr. Khalaj, Professor at Electrical Engineering Department, received  Mr. Polendakov.

After a brief presentation of SUT, the parties discussed the potential lines of cooperation between Sharif and Bulgaria. On behalf of Bulgarian universities, Mr. Polendakov said that these universities are more than willing to have active collaboration with Iranian universities, especially SUT which is famous as the MIT of Iran. The active collaborations of SUT with the members of the European Union, which is about 50% of collaborations in terms of MoUs, Dual Degree Program, Joint Publications, and Faculty Exchange were also discussed in the meeting. As
Dr. Fotuhi put it, the statistics show that the EU has become the most important strategic partner of SUT during the past decade or so.

It is worth mentioning that from the next January, Bulgaria will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU for 6 months. Moreover, the rector of Varna University of Management, Bulgaria visited SUT last week; a meeting which is going to be followed up in terms of signing an MoU between the universities in a near future.

 

Rector of Varna University of Management, Bulgaria in Sharif

Rector of Varna University of Management, Bulgaria in Sharif

In a meeting that was held on July 5, 2017 at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Professor Todor Radev, Rector of the Varna University of Management visited Sharif. In this meeting, Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs Office,  Dr Sepehri, Professor at the Graduate School of Management and Economics, and Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, played host to Dr. Radev.

During the meeting, both sides gave a presentation of their respective universities. The parties also discussed the formation of joint degree programs for hospitality and tourism management at SUT’s International Campus on Kish Island. Further, dual degree programs in MBA and joint projects in entrepreneurship were also discussed by the parties.  

It is worth mentioning that Varna University of Management is one of the best universities in the field of hospitality and tourism management. This university is also very active in international engagements, including student and faculty mobility programs. Moreover, several world-class international journals on tourism management, for example European Journal of Tourism Research, is published by this university. Varna University works in close connection with the best of the tourism industry, as a result of which its students can enjoy internship programs in, say, the best restaurants of Europe.

An Academic Delegation from FHM, Germany in Sharif

An Academic Delegation from FHM, Germany in Sharif

A high ranking delegation led by Dr. Anne Dreier, Rector of FHM, visited SUT on May 18, 2017. Dr. Dreier was accompanied by Dr. Wittberg, Head of R&D and Doctoral Programs, Dr. Merk, Managing Director of FHM, Mr. Plueschke, Head of FHM-Shwerin Campus, and Dr. Doost Mohammadian, Representative and Iran Project Leader of FHM . On the other side, Dr. Raschtchian, Vice-President of Education, Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, Dr. Ghafari, President of SUT’s Kish Campus, Dr. Sarbazi-Azad, Professor at Computer Engineering Department, and Dr. Khoei, Dean of Research and Education of SUT’s International Campus on Kish Island, hosted the German delegation.
After a brief introduction of SUT by Dr. Massoumian, Dr. Dreier introduced FHM and its activities to the participants. As she put it, FHM (Fachhochschule des Mittelstands) (University of Applies Sciences for Middle-Sized Companies) is a young university working in close connection with middle-sized companies in Germany. She added that FHM is pioneer in the field of hotel and tourism management. Moreover, the programs offered by FHM are mostly focused on management and economics. She also pointed out that FHM already has established successful joint degree programs with several universities in UK and China. Dr. Dreier mentioned that Iran has a huge potential for tourism and, for this reason, FHM is more than willing to cooperate with Sharif in this regard. Following the meeting, Dr. Movaghar focused on the serious issue of unemployment in Iran and said that Sharif is keen on making use of Germany’s experience in entrepreneurship. He continued that Sharif has the best graduate school of management and economics in the country and for this reason the cooperation of FHM and SUT would no doubt be mutually beneficial.


Finally, the parties decided to embrace three models of cooperation; 1. joint degree programs in hotel and tourism management in Sharif’s International campus on Kish island, 2. Cooperation on fostering entrepreneurship in Iran, 3. Joint projects; specifically, in the field of sustainability. FHM was also invited to participate in Sharif-Bosch Conference which will be held in the next January in Kish Island. The main topics of this conference are energy, personalized medicine, and environment.