More than 50 representatives of Iranian prestigious universities and educational institutions, attended the Educational Fair held in the Salahaddin University. The exhibition which took place on 19th and 20th December 2018 in Erbil the capital of Kurdistan Regional Government, was well received by visitors. The professors and officials from Iraqi universities along with their students who visited the exhibition had complete understanding of the capabilities of SUT and most of them have expressed a willingness to cooperate with or enroll at Sharif University of Technology.
Beside the exhibition, workshops of nanotechnology, biotechnology, technical and vocational training, and shared research programs were also held simultaneously. The fair was attended by Dr. Yusuf Goran the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Ebadi, the Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Erbil, Dr. Dizeyî the President of Salahaddin University, Dr. Idris Hadi the President of Koya University and Dr. Alizadeh, the Representative of the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology.
On Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, Mr. Gerard Seeber & Ms. Elin Aryan from the Australian Embassy in Iran visited Sharif and had a meeting at the International Affairs Office with Dr. Arash Simchi, Director of International Affairs Office, and IA Office’s specialist, Mr. Pooria Soltani.
During the meeting, Mr. Seeber briefly talked about his new position as Commissioner of the Victorian Government, Trade and Investment in the Middle East. He also expressed his desire to strengthen the academic ties between the universities of Monash & Melbourne with Sharif University of Technology.
Dr. Simchi then shared his views on the subject, mainly that any agreement between universities should have specific steps toward each type of collaboration such as dual degree programs and faculty sabbaticals. He stressed that MoUs without a definite plan, are rarely implemented and have no value.
In the end, both parties agreed to follow up the matter until they reach satisfactory agreements.
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 Ph.D. dual degree programs, respectively.
Sharif International Affairs Office successfully held the “2nd seminar on Internationalization of Higher Education” on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
The event, to which attended more than a hundred professors and specialists, consisting of university presidents, directors of international affairs, ministry officials, and international speakers, included speeches on several topics on the main themes of the seminar which are listed below:
Sharing Best Practices in Internationalization of Higher Education
Quality Assurance in Learning, Research, and Outreach in the Global Interest
Monitoring Current Trends in Internationalization of Higher Education
Establishing a Road Map for Internationalization of Higher Education
5/200 Program: Promoting International Visibility and Ranking of 5 Top Iranian Universities and Research Institutes
In addition to lectures from experts, three panels were held to discuss specific issues in the internationalization of higher education such as University Ranking and Accreditation, Economic Perspectives, International Student Recruitment, and International Research and Industrial Collaborations.
The full agenda of the seminar could be found here.
The statue of Iranian Alumni of Chinese Universities Association discussed at Sharif.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, a group of five Iranian graduates from Chinese universities gathered together in the International Affairs Office, along with Dr. Yoosef Hojjat, former Scientific Attaché of Iran Embassy in China to discuss the newly written draft of the statue of Iranian Alumni of Chinese Universities Association. Also present were Dr. Khalaj from Sharif Electrical Engineering Department and Mr. Pooria Soltani from IA office, both of whom handle Sharif’s international relations with China.
There was first a brief introduction and a quick presentation of Sharif University of Technology’s efforts as the Iran-China Academic Collaboration Leading House. The guests then discussed various points of the draft of the statue, such as gathering Iranian students’ information and the time period between regular meetings of the members. Agreements were made on nearly all of the clauses, at which point the group thanked Sharif University’s hospitality and departed.
It is worth mentioning that Sharif University of Technology has been appointed as the Iran-China Academic Collaboration Leading House by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, late 2017.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, a Sharif delegation of six, consisted of Dr. Mokhtari, Director of Industrial Relations, Dr. Najmi, Vice-President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Behzad, Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Shahrokhi & Mr. Hasanalizadeh, both from Vice-Presidency for Research and Technology, and Mr. Soltani, from the International Affairs Office paid a visit to the Nestlé factory in Qazvin.
Upon arrival, the group was joined with a delegation from College of Engineering, University of Tehran and received a warm welcome. After a presentation from Mr. Giuseppe Carella, Country Manager of Nestlé in Iran, and Mr. Alireza Sarabchi, Head of Communications and Marketing Services, about the history and the current state of Nestlé, the group had a tasting session of the products of Nestlé Iran, such as Nesquik & CERELAC. The delegation then had a tour of the factory itself, in which the production line of the famous powdered milk, NAN, was explained in detail by Nestlé engineers.
The second and final session of the visit convened after lunch when Mr. Carella presented Sharif & Tehran university faculties with a book titled “Nestlé: 150 Years Nutrition Health and Wellness”. Mr. Carella then proposed that Nestlé should collaborate with top universities in Iran to become more efficient and to have a more positive impact on the society as a whole. He then summarized some of the key points that his company wanted to cooperate in, such as clean energy & safety improvements.
Dr. Mokhtari & Dr. Abrinia (from the University of Tehran) then expressed the importance of such collaborations and agreed to follow up on the matter to start a more solid relationship between the universities and Nestlé.
It is worth mentioning that a delegation from Nestlé visited Sharif University of Technology in May 2018 and had a meeting with Dr. Simchi & Dr. Mokhtari at the IA Office. More on that here.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Mr. Mounir Sankary visited Sharif and had a meeting at the International Affairs Office with Dr. Sanaz Moghim and the IA Office’s specialists, Mr. Ali Orooji & Mr. Pooria Soltani.
At the meeting, Mr. Sankary expressed the importance of having strong relations with Iran and especially Sharif University of Technology and emphasized that his organization, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) wholeheartedly supports joint efforts between Sharif and Australian universities. He then proposed to help with the planning of the visit of a delegation from Sharif to Australia, so that it can be more fruitful in terms of implemented mutual agreements between universities.
Dr. Moghim then said that Sharif University in concert with Austrade could write proposals in different fields such as mining and water management and collaborate with Australian universities on these topics. She also suggested that running advanced workshops in these fields could further improve the ties between the universities and experts of both countries.
It is worth mentioning that Sharif is preparing to enter in a three-way agreement with IMIDRO and Austrade to create a platform of collaboration to make it easier for Australian companies to work in Iran and exchange knowledge and engineering experience.
An official from a Chinese company active in the field of photonics, visited Sharif on August 6, 2018, and had a meeting at the International Affairs office with a number of faculty members of Sharif.
The official discussed his proposal of expanding collaborations in optoelectronics and photonics. According to him, this agreement would provide a better chance of exchanging students, professors, engineering experience and technologies, and laboratory equipment, especially in the field of photonics.
It is worth mentioning that Sharif has recently been appointed as the leading house of Iran-China academic collaboration and plans to host an event in November, consisted of universities and companies from both countries.
A delegation from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, consisted of Mr. Mounir Sankary and Mr. Reza Gharakhan met with Sharif and Sharif-IMIDRO foundation officials on July 8, 2018.
The meeting took place in the International Affairs Office and was conveyed by Dr. Simchi, Dean of International Affairs. Also present were Dr. Asgari, president of Sharif-IMIDRO foundation, Dr. Halali from Materials Science and Engineering Department and Ms. Rajabi, from Sharif-IMIDRO foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to strengthen the academic and economic ties between the two countries in the mining industry.
After citing past relations and present interest of collaboration with Australia by Dr. Asgari, Mr. Sankary pointed out the need for creating a platform, so that companies in both countries can better interact with each other. It was established that another meeting should take place to create a more detailed roadmap of collaboration in the mining and environmental sectors.
It is worth mentioning that the Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation, IMIDRO, is a governmental organization aimed at resolving the country’s need for mineral products.
A delegation led by Mr. Jianing, Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Chinese MOST, visited Sharif University of Technology
A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), led by Mr. Cai Jianing, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, paid a visit to Sharif on July 2, 2018. The other members of the delegation were Ms. Wang Xiao, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, Mr. Teng Hongsheng, Associate Consultant of the Department of International Cooperation, Mr. An Lei, Director of Torch High Technology Industry Development Center, Ms. Zhang Lihong, Deputy Director of Torch High Technology Industry Development Center, and Mr. Guo Jinhai from Torch High Technology Industry Development Center. On the other side, Dr. Khalaj, Professor at SUT’s Electrical Engineering Department and the Head of SUT-China Academic Collaborations at International Affairs Office, played host to the delegation.
The delegation first visited Sharif Technology Services Complex. Afterward, a meeting was held at the Complex between the parties. Beginning the meeting, Dr. Khalaj gave a short introduction to Sharif University of Technology. He also discussed the upcoming “Iran-China Science and Technology Day”, to be held in mid-October at Sharif University of Technology. Dr. Khalaj also pointed out that SUT warmly invites the representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to participate in this event and appreciates the assistance of the Ministry in making this event more fruitful. Following the meeting, Mr. Jianing stated that academic collaboration with Iran is most welcome by China and expressed his desire that the number of collaborations between the countries grows steadily. Mr. Jaining also mentioned that the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in Tehran, will provide the list of potential attendees to the event.
After the meeting, the delegation also visited TIVAN Entrepreneurship Center at SUT’s Energy Sciences and Engineering Research Center.
It is worth mentioning that SUT has been appointed by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology as the Leading House of Iran-China Academic Collaborations. Moreover, with the presence of key-figures of higher education and industrial sectors of both countries, the 1st Iran-China Science and Technology Day is going to be held in SUT in the mid-October.
Sharif and Nestle to Expand Collaborations in Various Fields
Today, May 27, 2018: In a meeting that was held at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Mr. Giuseppe Carella, Country Manager of Nestle, along with Mr. Alireza Sarabchi, Head of Communications and Marketing Services, and Ms. Setareh Salamat, Head of Human Resources, paid a visit to SUT. In this visit, Dr. Simchi, Dean of International Affairs and Dr. Mokhtari, Director of Industrial Relations, received the delegation.
Beginning the meeting, Dr. Mokhtari introduced SUT and its active industrial collaborations. He also explained several successful examples of SUT’s industrial projects. As Dr. Mokhtari put it, SUT is first in the country in terms of industrial income and the next university lags behind it for about 40 percent. Following the meeting, Mr. Carella introduced Nestle company and its ongoing activities in Iran. As he said, cooperation with universities is one of the priorities of Nestle. Mr. Carella also explained that Nestle is active in topics such as water management, health and safety, and agriculture and is keen on collaborating with SUT in these fields. As he mentioned, reducing the rate of water consumption up to 50% in different factories and some mega-farms is one of the examples of Nestle’s successful projects in Iran.
Finally, the parties agreed upon several main topics for collaborations. These are offering internship programs to the students of SUT, doing joint projects in water management, food health and safety, and agriculture, and holding joint workshops in topics of mutual interest. Following the invitation of Mr. Carella, it was also decided that a delegation from SUT, consisting of professors active and interested in the above-mentioned fields, will visit Nestle company in the coming summer. In this visit, the parties will define the roadmap for SUT-Nestle collaborations in the future.
It is worth mentioning that Nestle has been active in Iran since 2000.