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EPFL strengthens its collaboration with Iranian universities
Two cooperation agreements were signed in Tehran on the occasion of the official visit to Iran the President of the Confederation, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. They concern the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) and Sharif University of Technology, two high-ranking institutions in the fields of medicine and engineering.
The Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) has signed academic collaboration agreements with Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) and Sharif University of Technology. “The EPFL sees these two universities, the best in their field of Iran, key partners for the realization of digital and personalized medicine of tomorrow, which will be based in particular on a successful and intelligent use of” Big Data “” said Karl Aberer, vice president of EPFL, representing the School as part of the state visit to Iran the President of the Swiss Confederation of 26 to 28 February 2016.
The partnerships will materialize in the coming weeks by the implementation of joint research projects and longer-term strengthening of exchanges of students and researchers. This is to make a convergence between the areas of expertise of each partner – personalized medicine for TUMS and processing of Big Data for Sharif University of Technology, who will work with specialists from genetic sequencing of cancer research and bioinformatics EPFL, among others.
A long tradition
Many exchanges closer EPFL Iranian universities for many years. The school now has 173 Iranian students on its website; 2’384 Iranian students are enrolled in its online courses (MOOCs) and there are some thirty co-publications per year between EPFL professors and those of Iranian universities.
On 2 April 2015, is on the campus of EPFL in the Forum of the Rolex Learning Center, the preliminary framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear was announced to the world by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Iranian, US and European. This paved the way for the deepening of official relations between the EPFL and Iran, ancient civilization known for the quality of education, science and technology, despite the vicissitudes of recent history.
In October 2015, the EPFL President Patrick Aebischer has met for one week, during an exploratory trip to Iran, representatives of the main Iranian academic institutions in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd, and deputy ministers science and health, the alumni of EPFL in Iran and representatives of the Iranian-Swiss Chamber of commerce.
In January 2016, EPFL has decided to develop in 2017 a new course program called Iranian Studies, which will complete the courses offered by the College of Humanities on Asia, Russia and on global challenges. In the process, the Chancellor of Tehran University of Medical Sciences Campus Biotech visited Geneva and the main campus of EPFL in Lausanne. In parallel, discussions have been undertaken to intensify relations with the Sharif University in Tehran. All these actions have led to the agreements announced today and signed by the Vice-President of EPFL for information systems, Karl Aberer and chancellors Ali Jafarian (TUMS) and Mahmoud Fotuhi (Sharif University of Technology) .
Source: The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)