Dr. Muhsin A. Abdulamir Aldhalimi, the President of the University of Kufa, met with Dr. Mohammad Kafi, the President of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, on the 23rd of December. The Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Kufa accompanied Dr. Aldhalimi in this meeting. Also, Dr. Bahrami (Vice President for Research and Technology), Dr. Hashemi (Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Vahedian (Head of the International Academic Relations Department), and Dr. Raeisian (Head of the Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies) at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad accompanied Dr. Mohammad Kafi.
The president of Ferdowsi University first welcomed the Iraqi delegation to Mashhad, the cultural capital of the Islamic world in 2017. He then reiterated, “Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the University of Kufa are two large universities outside the capital cities of Iran and Iraq. Thus, the two universities have to broaden the scope of their mutual collaborations. Dr. Kafi urged the two sides to step beyond formal proceedings and enter the operational stage. The president of Ferdowsi University said:” We shall not merely focus on expanding our relationships. Rather, we have to think of ways to positively influence one another”.
In the next part of his talk, Dr. Mohammad Kafi reiterated that “imported technology cannot last for a long time. We therefore have to produce local technology and update it based on our own needs. The president of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad said, “The major challenge in the near future is the employment of university graduates. Here at FUM, we are trying to overcome this challenge by developing knowledge-based companies and helping them commercialize their products.
Subsequently, Dr. Muhsin Aldhalimi, the president of the University of Kufa, expressed his contentment for visiting Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and hoped the two sides would enhance their academic and research collaborations. Dr. Aldhalimi then outlined the main objectives of the University of Kufa for collaboration with Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, namely promoting the academic level of faculty members, establishing Persian language learning courses and collaboration in engineering fields, including space engineering and oil and gas industries.
The main issues discussed during this meeting were the exchange of doctoral students, creating sabbatical leaves opportunities for faculty members, collaborating on research projects and publishing mutual research papers by faculty members at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the University of Kufa, launching specialized workshops, holding Persian language learning courses and other specialized courses by the college of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
After this meeting, the delegation from the University of Kufa visited the central library, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for technology-based incubators at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Then, in a separate meeting, a memorandum of understanding between Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the University of Kufa was signed by the presidents of both universities.