A group of professors from the universities of Kufa, Karbala, and scientific institutes in Iraq visited Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM) and met with Dr. Ehsan Ghabool, Director of International Academic and Scientific Relations and International Student Affairs, on July 26, 2021.
During the meeting, which was held on the perspective of Iran and Iraq, Dr. Ghabool spoke about scientific diplomacy and its importance in establishing sustainable relations between countries based on knowledge and technology. According to the experience of other countries in the world, especially European countries after the Second World War, scientific diplomacy introduced as one of the ways to maintain common interests between countries. The two countries of Iran and Iraq, which this approach can provide economic, political, social, and other benefits for effectively solving joint issues between the two sides.
Referring to the education of about 1250 students from Iraq at FUM, he described the presence of these students as a suitable platform for establishing relations between professors and students of Iranian and universities of Iraq. Especially graduate students and their thesis and dissertations that can focus on common issues between the two countries. Referring to the successful teaching experience of 63 professors of FUM in a seminar for the University of Basra last semester, Dr. Ghabool announced that the professors of FUM are ready to teach virtually or in-person for universities of Iraq.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Abdullah Radmard, Head of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, introduced the Faculty of Literature and Humanities and the areas of cooperation of this faculty with universities of Iraq, especially the University of Kufa and Karbala. Also, Dr. Zeinab Moazenzadeh, Head of the International Students Office of FUM, explained the number of students from Iraq and the areas of cooperation between FUM and universities of Iraq.
At the end of the meeting, the participants thanked FUM for its scientific cooperation with universities of Iraq, raised their issues, questions and suggestions, and expressed hope that according to the new university programs, the relations between FUM and the universities of Kufa and Karbala will expand even more. Other programs of the delegation from Iraq were visiting the museum, the central library, and the Anonymous Martyrs' Monument of FUM.