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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12th June 2017: Dr. Frens Stoeckel, Director of DAAD in Tehran, gave a lecture to Sharif’s students on the opportunities provided by DAAD for Iranian students and scholars. Afterward, Dr. Soeckel along with Mr. Maleki, Senior Advisor of DAAD Office in Iran had a meeting with Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Javadi Professor at Aerospace Engineering Department and Dr. Movahhedi, Vice-President for Research. During the meeting, the possible lines of cooperation between SUT and DAAD were discussed. The parties decided to define the specific goal plan for the cooperation and hold a meeting in the near future.
The deadline for applying for DAAD scholarship for doctoral internships is August 31. Students should send the required documents to the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) for the initial evaluation and MSRT will introduce the selected students to DAAD. For more information on the DAAD scholarship programs please use this link.
It is worth mentioning that DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), German Academic Exchange Service, is one of the biggest international institutes working on academic exchange between German universities and prestigious universities all around the world.
Professor Harve Sabourin, Regional Director of Middle East Office of Francophone University Agency, along with Mr. Laurent Criquet, Cultural Attache of France Embassy, paid a visit to Sharif on June 10, 2017. In this meeting which was held at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Professor Fotuhi, President of SUT, and Professor Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs hosted the delegation. After a brief introduction of SUT by professor Fotuhi, the parties discussed the possible lines of cooperation. As Dr. Sabourin pointed out, Francophone University Agency is an international association consisting of more than 850 universities worldwide which facilitates the scientific and cultural interaction of these universities. To be a member of this international association, apart from professional considerations, universities must have some links with the francophone culture, which can be a French language department, some courses taught in French, some francophone professors among faculty members, or some ongoing projects with francophone universities. Professor Sabourin continued that because of SUT’s international profile and reputation, SUT is more than welcomed to join Francophone University Agency.
On the other side, Professor Fotuhi noted that many good professors of Sharif University, in different departments, have graduated from francophone countries, and French universities have been among the most longstanding scientific partners of SUT. Moreover, the French language is taught in SUT’s linguistic center and there are many ongoing projects and agreements between different prestigious French universities and Sharif.
Finally, SUT decided to apply for the Francophone University Agency to start its membership from next year. It is worth mentioning that members of the Francophone University Agency are able to get in touch with more than 850 universities worldwide and get support for scientific and cultural activities like seminars, conferences, student and faculty exchange and joint projects. Furthermore, currently the University of Tehran, Shahid Beheshti University, University of Tabriz, and Tarbiyat Modarres university are members of this international association.
Dr. Mahmoud Fotuhi, President of SUT, participated in the meeting of university presidents of countries involved in the “One Belt, One Road” initiative held on May 22, 2017 in Shanghai. In the meeting, Dr. Fotuhi gave a presentation of Sharif University of Technology, including its current achievements and future aspirations, to the participants consisting of university presidents and deputies of countries involved in the mentioned Initiative. On the sidelines of this meeting, Dr. Fotuhi and Dr. JIN Donghan, President of Shanghai University, signed an MoU for academic and research cooperation. In this MoU, the intention of both parties to promote the exchange of faculty and students, along with joint research activities and joint degree programs have been stressed. Moreover, the Chinese party noted that since Iranian students of Shanghai University are among the best of its students, Shanghai University is more than willing to expand its scholarship quotas for Iranian students in the coming years.
It is worth mentioning that Sharif University of Technology was the only university from Iran invited to, and thus Iran’s sole representative in, this prestigious international Forum. Furthermore, a high-ranking delegation from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) visited Sharif last month. “One Belt, On Road”Initiative, which has been introduced by President XI Jinping in 2013, is a revival of the historic Silk Road Trading Route and Iran is one of the 65 countries which will be along the Belt and Road.