The Iranian delegation has visited TU Darmstadt, the Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Marburg. In addition, the DIES-Seminar "German-Iranian Cooperation in Research" took place at the University of Marburg. On the Iranian side, the presidents, vice-presidents and other representatives of 11 universities have participated, of which nine are among the top 13 research-intensive universities, level one (Allameh Tabataba'ì University, Amir Kabir University of Technology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iranian University of Science and Technology, Isfahan University of Technology, Technical and Vocational University, University of Applied Sciences and Technology,  University of Guilan, University of Isfahan, University of Shiraz, University of Tabriz, University of Tehran) . On the German side, 14 universities have participated with their presidents, vice-presidents and other university representatives.

The objective of the DIES-Information Visit to Germany has been to give the Iranian delegation an insight into the structure of the German higher education system with the respective profiles and emphases of the individual types of higher education institutions by visiting the three universities. In addition, the opportunity has been given to explore the potential for cooperation in direct exchange, especially in the field of research. On the other side, German universities had the chance to get to know the Iranian universities better. For the German universities of Applied Sciences, the visit to the Fulda University of Applied Sciences has been very helpful for the cooperation, especially as the Iranian University of Applied Sciences and Technology (UAST) and three other Universities of Technology with a focus on engineering were represented.

The DIES-Seminar with focus on research collaboration has been also designed as a platform for networking. For this purpose, a networking lunch has been offered.

Both, visits to a technical university, a university of applied sciences and a classical University, as well as the DIES-Seminar and the accompanying programme have been used by all participants to get to know each other personally and to exchange ideas and opportunities for deepening cooperation intensively. The participating German scientists also see a great potential in research collaboration (geosciences, pharmacy, physics, regional sciences, engineering, IT, etc.); individual projects have already been agreed upon. Various formats of implementation in the specific German-Iranian context have been presented and discussed. Overall, the Iranian as well as the German participants have rated the information journey as a very successful format and platform for the development of university relations.

DIES-Dialogue Information Visit to Germany including DIES-Seminar “German-Iranian Cooperation in Research” Germany, Darmstadt, Fulda, Marburg, 15 – 19 October 2018

Technical University Darmstadt - Welcome of the delegation and presentation of
Prof Dr-Ing Ralph Bruder, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Group photo [Technische Universität Darmstadt]

Fulda University of Applied Sciences - Welcome of the delegation and presentation of German Higher Education System
Prof Dr Karim Khakzar, President
Group photo [Robert Groß]
Prof Dr Dieter Bryniok, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences
Prof Dr Lothar Schüssele, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
Prof Dr Mahmoud Reza Delavar, University of Applied Sciences and Technology (UAST), Tehran

Philipps-Universität Marburg - Welcome of the delegation
Prof Dr Michael Bölker, Vice President Research

DIES-Seminar “German-Iranian Cooperation in Research”  Group photo [Universität Marburg]
Welcome and Opening, Prof Dr Katharina Krause, President, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Prof Dr Karim Khakzar, Vice President, German Rectors’ Conference and President, Fulda University of Applied Sciences
Prof Dr Jabarali Zakeri, President, Iranian University of Science and Technology,
Head of Iranian Leading House for Academic Cooperation with Germany, Tehran
Prof Dr Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, President, University Tehran
PD Dr Udo Krause, Head of Project Scout & Research Support, TU Dresden
Dr Ursula Hans, Head of International Office, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof Dr Hossein Salimi, President, Allameh Tabataba'ì University
Prof Dr Asghar Asgari, Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology, University of Tabriz
Prof Dr Hooshang Talebi Habib-Abadi, President, University of Isfahan