30 September 2016 - 13:46
Seoul, Tehran to expand edu. coop.

TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) – Visiting Iranian Minister of Sciences, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi met with his South Korean counterpart on Friday in Seoul and the two agreed to broaden educational cooperation.

South Korea's Education Minister Lee Joon-sik and Iran's Minister of Sciences, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi met early on Friday in South Korean capital city of Seoul.

The visiting Iranian minister was accompanied by Iran’s Ambassador to Seoul, Hassan Taherian, in this meeting. Farhadi’s entourage also includes his deputy minister for international affairs, Hossein Salar Amoli, and the President of State University of Isfahan, Houshang Talebi.

The Iranian science minister recounted, during the meeting, that currently 4.8 million students are attending Iranian universities, out of whom 100,000 students are doing their PhD program.

Giving an account of 29 science and technology parks active in Iran, Farhadi called for expansion of ties in this area. Exchanging students and university professors, running seminars and conferences, and conducting joint research projects were the other fields of potential cooperation called upon by the Iran minister.

Welcoming Iranian delegation’s visit to South Korea, Lee Joon-sik described the meeting as a turning point in improving bilateral ties between Tehran and Seoul. He said that the South Koreans have had affection toward Iran and Iranian culture since many years ago and the feelings have been resurrected after President Park Geun-hye’S visit to Tehran.

Farhadi and his accompanying delegation who arrived in Seoul late on Thursday will leave the South Korean capital city on Saturday for Kyoto of Japan where they will attend this year’s Science and Technology in Society Forum to be held in October 2- 4, 2016 at Kyoto International Conference Center Takaragaike.

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