ECOSF Delegation visits University of Tehran Meets the Vice President of the University on 24 April 2017

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A delegation of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) led by the President Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro along with Executive Director-Elect, Prof. Syed Komail Tayebi and the Scientific Officer Engr. Khalil Raza, paid a visit to the University of Tehran on April 24th, 2017. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Bagher Gharamani, the Vice President of International Affairs of the University warmly received the delegation. Mr. Abdolmajid Eskandari, Director General of the Office of International Students and Prof. Alireza Sari of the Marine biology were also present in the meeting. Both sides discussed in detail the possible means and ways to strengthen the existing cooperation between ECO Science Foundation and University of Tehran.

During the meeting, Prof. Soomro appreciated the warm hospitality extended to ECOSF by the University of Tehran. He briefed to hosts about the strategic role of ECOSF in contribution towards S&T development in the ECO region and its aims & objectives. He also shared various programs being undertaken by ECOSF for promotion of science and technology, including the initiatives; such as AppIdea2R, Engineering Qualification Standardization and Inquiry Based Science Education and establishment of the ECOSF’s S&T Fund. Prof. Soomro asked for encouraging the students from University of Tehran to take active participation in the above ECOSF activities. He also touched on the rich history of Scientific Contribution by Iranians and how to revive that legacy with an active engagement of our youth in the region with focus on linking S&T development to economic development, which is overarching to support the main objective of ECO, i.e., Trade,  Economic Development and Regional Integration.

Prof. Ghahramani appreciated the role of ECOSF and stressed that ECO member countries should work together very much like European Union and increase the student mobility to harness the rich potential of this region. There is a need to create a strong network among the ECO member states that would create a force to share ideas on Science and Technology that would in-turn make a significant difference in the long run, he said. Dr. Ghahramani emphasized on the role of youth in the development of the region and he urged to take initiatives by establishing grants, scholarships and facilitating the young students of the region. Dr. Soomro in response shared the ongoing initiatives of ECOSF and invited university students from Iran to participate and benefit.

Both sides emphasized on to promote further the bilateral cooperation in various areas. In the end, Dr. Ghahramani presented a gift of the Book on “5000 Years of Iranian Engineering” to Prof. Soomro, which was much appreciated by President ECOSF.

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