Following the visit of the large Swedish delegate to Iran, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde, and a number of chancellors and deputies of a number of Swedish universities, paid official visit to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT).
The Swedish delegate had meeting with Minster Farhadi, deputies of the MSRT, and a number of Iranian chancellors, Science and Technology Parks and Research Centers, where a Scientific Memorandum of Understanding was signed.
Minister Farhadi referred to 'exchange of academic and administrative staff, faculty members and experts', 'student, professors and faculty member exchange between higher education institutions', 'hosting, and participating in conferences and events related to science, research and technology', as well as 'holding joint research projects amongst universities', as fields of scientific cooperation between universities, Science and Technology Parks, and research centers of Iran and Sweden.
Moreover, referring to 439 Iranian students who are currently studying in Sweden, Prof. Farhadi hoped for having more Swedish students in Iran, and in line with this, he announced that the MSRT is ready to offer scholarship to Swedish students to study in various fields such as Engineering, Nanotechnology, Islamic studies and Art, Islamic Studies and Art, and Middle-eastern studies.
Furthermore, Minister Farhadi referred to the existing scientific workshops between universities and higher education centers of the two countries, and Horizon2020 macro-projects (funded by the European Union; worth 1 million Euro) such as GIS, between the Iranian universities of Malayer and Torbat Heidarieh, and Swedish university of Lund, as successful examples of scientific cooperation between the two countries.
Ms. Linde also expressed her happiness, and her country’s keen interest in expanding scientific cooperation with Iran, and added that Swedish universities are well aware of Iran’s significant scientific achievements. Minister Linde referred to the existing scientific cooperation between the two countries in Science, Engineering and Medical fields.
She stated that 3.8% of Sweden’s annual GDP is allocated to research, and looking at Sweden’s considerable achievements in research, the country is in the process of increasing this budget, and so, in line with expanding scientific cooperation with other countries including Iran, Sweden is happy to allocate scholarships to assist such countries in expanding their scientific cooperation internationally.