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Rector of SPbU and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran discussed fields of cooperation

Rector of St. Petersburg State University, Nikolay Kropachev conducted a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation Mehdi Sanai.

At the beginning of the event the rector entrust to Dr. Mehdi Sanai a credential of St. Petersburg State University professor. The guest of honor has been holding this post since the end of 2014. Presenting the credential, Nikolay Kropachev reminded that it was St. Petersburg State University where the first Iranian Studies department was established in the XIX century. Today history, culture and modern life of this country have been studied within the framework of several educational programs of SPbU.

"I am proud to be a professor of St. Petersburg State University and I hope that when my diplomatic mission terminates, I can devote more time to lecturing," the diplomat said.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Iran noted that since their first meeting with Nikolay Kropachev in 2014 they managed to do a lot for the development of cooperation between St. Petersburg State University and Iranian universities.

In particular, in the spring of 2015 on the initiative of Dr. Mehdi Sanai and Nikolay Kropachev the eighth conference of Iranian students and post-graduate students studying in various universities of Russia had been held. An academic exchange became the second initiative: Russian students and professors completed training and gave lectures in universities of Iran (one of the main topic was contemporary politics and diplomacy of Russia), and representatives of the Iranian universities went to St. Petersburg.

According to the Ambassador, every effort will be made to put into action the clauses enshrined in the cooperation agreement between St. Petersburg State University and Tehran University.

"I support these ideas and I would like to offer new forms of cooperation. This year all the State Examination Commissions will be formed from the employers who will have tomorrow to recruit our graduates. From the next year, research topics for the work of each student will be determined by employers, not university professors. Isolation from real life should remain into the past!" highlighted Nikolay Kropachev.

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