First Webinar on “Sinology in Iran: Its History and Prospect” Held
According to the Confucius Institute of the University of Tehran, at the opening ceremony of the webinar, which was held on September 15, Dr. Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, President of the University of Tehran, Dr. Hossein Salar Amoli, Vice Minister of Science, Research, and Technology and Director of the MSRT Center for International Scientific Studies and Collaboration, Dr. Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education in China, and Foley Hua, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, presented lectures. In addition, more than 20 academics, including university authorities and research center officials, participated in specialized discussion panels.
At one point in the webinar, Dr. Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education in China, noted that the friendly relations and cultural exchange between the Iranian and Chinese nations go as far back as the time of the Silk Road. Dr. Tian Xuejun further remarked that by signing the 25-year Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement, Iran and China usher in a new era of fruitful collaboration and companionship.
Following the opening ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of Tehran, Beijing Language and Culture University, and Yunnan University to institute a joint bachelor’s degree program (2+2) in Chinese Language. Students admitted to the foregoing program would study the first four semesters (two years) at the University of Tehran and the second four semesters at the host university in China. After earning the certain number of credits required to graduate, students will receive their bachelor’s degree certificate from both universities. Another memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of Isfahan and Beijing Language and Culture University to conduct joint courses in Chinese Studies.