On September 9, 2019, the meeting of Vice-Rectors of Russian and Iranian universities took place in the main building of Moscow State University. This event was held within the V Forum of Russian and Iranian Rectors. RosNOU delegation – George Gabrielian, the Head of International Affairs & Academic Mobility Department, and Ahmad Elahi, the International Project Administrator, the RosNOU Representative in the Middle East – participated in the meeting.
The meeting was started by the Rector of Moscow State University, academician Viktor Sadovnichiy:
“There is the largest derivative in the dynamics of relations between the universities of Russia and Iran. If the derivative is positive, everything grows. We get to know each other … We are glad that the four forums have already taken place. Many agreements have been signed, more than 100. The rector of Tehran University, Mr. Nili, with whom we have very good relations, has repeatedly said that between the forums it is necessary to create working groups so as not to wait two years and share the results earlier. And it is right! Therefore, we gathered today – vice-rectors of a number of leading universities in Russia and your delegation (Tehran University) – to work on a forum work plan and draw up a road map… We have a lot in common – culture, history and we will be comfortable discussing the development of further cooperation."
At the first working meeting, the parties spoke about possible new formats for holding forums and side events that are designed to expand cooperation and strengthen ties between higher schools of the Russian Federation and Iran, and about the possible dates of upcoming events (second half of May 2020). Particular attention will be paid to youth cooperation in many important areas, such as ecology, energy, population, economies under sanctions, recognition of education in partner countries, etc.
Following the meeting, within a month, coordinators from each side, among the regular participants of the forums, will be determined for each of the planned areas.