Iran, Belgium agree to expand academic cooperation

London, Jan 17, IRNA – Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mansour Gholami held talks with Belgian Minister of Higher Education Jean–Claude Marcourt on Thursday.

During the meeting, Gholami pointed to the expansion of scientific cooperation with European states as a priority and added considering qualification and international position of Belgian universities, Iran intends to expand its academic ties with this country.

Marcourt pointed to Iran's history, civilization and cultural position and welcomed expansion of scientific cooperation while saying that it would be a priority on his working agenda.

He also expressed readiness to hold common projects and program to exchange professors and students.

Gholami, heading an academic delegation, arrived in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday afternoon to attend the third session of working group for scientific and technology cooperation between Iran and European Union.

During his stay in Brussels, Gholami paid visit to Leuven University and held meeting with EU Commissioner for Research and Renovation Carlos Moedas.

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