“Universities in the Context of Covid-19”:
President of UT Discusses Digitalization of Higher Education during Pandemic
On April 26, the University of Tehran and Tomsk State University hosted a joint webinar entitled “Universities in the Context of COVID-19: The Experience of Iran and Russia”. In this meeting, Dr. Nili Ahmadabadi, President of UT, discussed UT’s achievements and the significance of social responsibility during the coronavirus pandemic.
After giving a brief introduction about the University of Tehran, Dr. Nili Ahamadabadi specified the adaptive measures taken by the UT in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As Dr. Nili Ahmadabadi stated, due to UT’s strong e-learning infrastructure, all university units were able to switch to virtual teaching within the course of only one week. Tablets and free internet access were provided for UT students, and services such as free counselling were offered.
As was indicated by Dr. Nili Ahmadabadi, in addition to implementing remote learning strategies, UT has tapped its resources to design and produce rapid test kits for COVID-19. UT affiliates have been involved in building ventilators for COVID patients, designing and producing electromagnetic face masks, and developing microfluidic systems. Many have also collaborated on developing a vaccine for the disease.
Dr. Nili Ahmadabadi concluded his speech by thanking the hosts of the webinar and expressed hope that the two universities further expand their collaborations.