Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and a number of Iranian higher educational and research institutions have agreed to strengthen academic and research ties.
A discussion held in this regard was held on Monday, April 18, at SQU between Dr Rama Al Mahrouqi, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research, and a group of officials from Iran headed by Batool Meshkinfam, Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, Centre for International Scientific Studies and Collaboration, Iran, and Professor Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University. Meshkinfam was accompanied by Akber Irani, Director of Written Heritage Research Center, and Nakysa Hooman of Iran University of Medical Sciences.
The meeting with SQU deputy vce chancellor was a follow-up by Iran in return to a trip paid by the delegates of SQU back in 2012. The delegates from Iran delivered lectures at the College of Arts & Social Sciences and Sultan Qaboos University Hospital to give insights into areas they explore collaboration.
Dr Abdullah Al Kindi, Dean of the College of Arts & Social Sciences, SQU, who attended the meeting, suggested to resume the teaching of the Iranian language at the college and requested the Iranian Centre to nominate and send the names of teachers. The two sides showed interest in the exchange of students and faculty associated with the College of Arts & social Sciences.
The officials agreed on conducting a joint research project related to history of Oman and Arabic language. Iranian institutions will help to translate the manuscript written on the history of Oman and Arabic language from the Iranian language to Arabic.