Jun 13 2012
By Sari Tahseen
Azzaman, June 12, 2012
Iraq and Iran are expanding ties in science and technology as part of a surge in economic and commercial cooperation.
Iraqi universities are in partnership with their Iranian counterparts and numerous mutual agreements for joint studies, exchange of students and faculty and establishment of join research centers have been signed in the past few years.
The most recent pact has been between Baghdad’s Technology University and Tehran University which calls for joint cooperation and exchange in areas of science and culture.
The pact was signed by the chancellors of the two universities in Baghdad in the presence of the two universities heads of engineering, electricity and mineral production.
Wisam Kadhem of Baghdad’s Technology University said the agreement will increase chances of Iraqi professors and students to spent full semesters at Tehran University.
“Tehran University will grant scholarships to Iraqi students,” he added.
“Graduate Iraqi students will have the opportunity to have their dissertations done at Tehran University and there will joint conferences and seminars,” he added.
Kadhem said Tehran University has agreed to accept five Iraqi doctoral candidates every year.
Trade between the two countries – which fought a ruinous war between 1980 to 1988 – has mushroomed since the 2003-U.S. invasion with volume of trade estimated at more than $10 billion a year.