Dr.Maryam Beyad, Advisor to Dean for International Affairs of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Tehran
As an academic, I would not like any hindrance in the path of educational activities, thus in this moment of crises, we can activate and promote further academic interaction, since virtual learning does not require travel hassles like visa or financial issues, we can encourage students to participate in classes or online conferences, and simultaneously engage academicians to participate in inter university programs,this will not only prevent stagnation of education, but rather enhance strong international relations.
Dr Arefeh Seyedarabi, Advisor to Dean for International Affairs of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran
I believe that in order for our University to become more involved in international collaborations overall, it is important that we encourage academic members as well as students to be well acquainted with the English language in order to participate in international conferences to give talks and present posters. However, since we are faced with the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic this is not possible and the only option we have is to join the scientific community via online conferences. Another suggestion is to direct research, where possible, towards helping solve the pandemic problem from any angle relevant, since the pandemic is of global importance and good ideas and research will be welcomed for collaboration.
As such, my students and I have directed our research towards SARS-CoV-2, from preparing a review about the effect of ozone on hemoglobin and blood clotting in SARS-CoV-2, to preparing manuscripts on (1) docking studies using herbal compounds against the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 and (2) the concept of anosmia (loss of smell) as a common symptom in both patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and SARS-CoV-2.
Dr. Roham Rafiee , Advisor to Dean for International Affairs of the Faculty of New Science and Technology, University of Tehran
Turning into global disaster, almost all countries around the world are struggling with CoViD-19 outbreak these days. During the CoViD-19 pandemic, many industrial centers, business sectors and cultural units are facing a lock-down preventing the wide spread of the diseases and thus universities are not exceptions. Due to the extraordinary measures adopted to contain CoViD-19, universities are temporarily closed. But research does not have any border and limitation. Therefore, it is necessary to convert the current thread into an opportunity through international collaboration. Researchers all around the world can keep the wheels of research running using web-based platforms while fulfilling the requirements of social distancing protocols. The important role of international cooperation becomes much more pronounced these days, since it can speed up the process of finding solutions for different human needs through establishment of synergy between various partners. This is the true meaning of a world without border.
As a personal experience, my students and I in COMRESLAB (comreslab.ut.ac.ir) have tried our bests to avoid any stoppage or delay in the research line because of our commitments not only to academic space but also to our industrial partners.