Iran, France universities keen on expanding relations

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Tehran (ISNA) - A delegation from the University of Paul Valéry Montpellier III, including the dean of Tourism Department visited Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM) to strengthen ties between the two universities and discuss further common grounds.

This visit, hosted by the Ferdowsi University and the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR), gave the chance for useful discussions between the deans of both universities.

“The world view has changed and now foreign countries are interested in having collaboration with Iran because it is no longer under sanction so it’s easier to strengthen the bilateral relations,” chairman of Paul Valéry Montpellier University Professor Patrick Gilli said.

“Regarding this, I tried to set up campaigns and programs for increasing relations with Islamic world which includes Iran. We started our collaboration with ACECR and Ferdowsi University,’ he added.

During this visit, the representatives from Montpellier University also took the chance to visit some schools and faculties of the Ferdowsi University to achieve a clearer insight into the common grounds for collaboration between the two universities.

On this meeting, different topics were discussed including holding short term courses, joint doctoral courses, student and professor exchanges and proposing interdisciplinary courses among two universities.  

Professor Gilli also expressed his satisfaction with the result of this meeting and said, “Professor Dominique Crozat from Tourism Department of Montpellier University has come with us to lead our cooperation in the field of tourism with ACECR.

The University of Montpellier is a French public research university in Montpellier in the southeast of France. Established in 1289, the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest of the world.

The Paul Valéry University Montpellier III is the University of social sciences, humanities and liberal arts which currently have 20 thousands students.

“We went to French embassy to see what could be done to support and help Iranian students who want to go to French Universities with scholarship,” Professor Gilli noted.

“I plan to come back to Tehran because I interested to sign a bilateral agreement with Tehran University as well which is the top rank university of Iran,” he went on to say “this is my first visit of Mashhad and it seems a well-organized city”.

 At the end of this meeting he has been awarded FUM Memorial Award.

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