Dāmghān University and Université de Rennes 1 pursue discussions concerning future cooperation between the two institutions

Dr Rouheddin Kordalivand, Senior Lecturer in Law and International Relations Advisor at Dāmghān University, Tehran, visits Université de Rennes 1.

Iranian delegation at the International Affairs Department September 2017

Photo: Mr Yvan Coadour, Deputy Director of the International Affairs Department; Professor Pierre van de Weghe, Vice President in charge of International Relations; Dr Annie Soriot, Director of the International Affairs Department; Dr Rouheddin Kordalivand, Senior Lecturer in Law and International Relations Advisor at Dāmghān University.

The International Affairs Department was pleased to welcome Dr Rouheddin Kordalivand, Senior Lecturer in Law and International Relations Advisor at Dāmghān University, on Friday 8 September 2017.

Discussions around the development of cooperation in the fields of Law, IT and science proved fruitful. Dāmghān University is a scientific university in the east of Tehran.

The discussions follow on from Université de Rennes 1's participation in the event organised by the European Commission and the Iranian Ministry of Science on 3 and 4 July 2017 in Tehran.

The Higher Education & Research Event, organised by the European Commission and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Tehran on 3rd and 4th July 2017

The European Commission and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology co-hosted the two-day scientific and research event to pave the way for expanding Iran-European Union (EU) cooperation between higher education institutions, research institutes and other organisations through the EU's higher education and research and innovation programmes, Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.

Among the high-level Iranian representatives attending the event were His Excellency Dr Hossein Salar Amoli, Acting Minister for International Scientific Cooperation; His Excellency Dr Mohsen Asadi Lari, Acting Minister for International Scientific Cooperation of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education; His Excellency Ali Morteza Birang, Deputy for International Cooperation of the Office of Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology and His Excellency Dr Mojtaba Shariati Niasar, Deputy for Education, from the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, who were joined by a number of Iranian university rectors and vice rectors.

European Commission participants included high-level officials from its Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the EU Joint Research Centre and the European Research Council Executive Agency. They were joined by rectors, vice rectors and representatives of higher education institutions from 21 European countries.

The first day of the event focused on higher education in science, technology and research and opportunities available under the Horizon 2020 programme. This included thematic workshops on different topics, as well as mobility grants for researchers such as the European Research Council grants and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

The second day was dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practices, as well as exploring the opportunities for Iran-EU cooperation between higher education institutions, including under the European Union's flagship education programme Erasmus+. This included Capacity Building in Higher Education, International Credit Mobility, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degrees and Jean Monnet activities.

Presentations by academics and alumni from both sides provided first-hand insights and perspectives of the benefits to be gained from involvement in these actions.

To promote cooperation between the EU and Iranian institutions, sessions also took place on both days to allow university officials and academics themselves the opportunity to network.

Université de Rennes 1 and Iranian researchers are already involved in joint research projects, for example in geosciences, signal processing and biomedical engineering.

This successful two-day event was a positive first step towards further cooperation in the future.