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Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria

Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria

Responding to an invitation from Mr. Kiani, Cultural Advisor to Islamic Republic of Iran in Bulgaria, Dr. S. Susan Marandi, director of International Academic Collaborations in Alzahra University, traveled to Bulgaria in April 19th to 26th, 2015. Director General of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization for Women and Family Affairs, Dr. Sedighe Hejazi, also accompanied Dr. Marandi in this trip.
Iranian delegation visit itinerary in the first day included St. Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria. The head of national library, Prof. Dr. Boriana Hristova, mentioned to the mutual collaborations between this library and Iran National Library and pointed out ample cultural commonalities between two countries referring to her trip to Iran in last year, and appraised a propitious future for mutual cultural and academic collaborations between two countires. According to Hristova, St. Cyril and Methodius National Library contain an archive of ancient manuscripts in different languages including many in Persian.

The first day of this trip also included a meeting with Dr. Todor Chobanov, Bulgarian Deputy Mayer in cultural and educational affairs, who is also in charge of UNESCO heritage center in Bulgaria, in Sofia Municipality. In this meeting, Chobanov talked about the importance of cultural activities in Bulgaria, suggesting the Iranian artists and masters to conduct educational workshops in Sofia. According to him, principal part of Sofia Municipality income, is gained through cultural activities, cinema in particular. Chobanov further emphasized the importance of family unit in Bulgaria, while remarking the leading role of women in Bulgarian society. He referred to Yordanka Asenova, Bulgarian politician and Mayor of Sofia, who is the first woman in Bulgaria to hold this position as an example for his statements. Chobanov declared Bulgarian Academic of Sciences is ready to sign a cooperation memorandum with Iranian universities.

Sofia University has a long history in teaching Persian language and a visit from Iranology Center of Sofia University and meetings with Persian Language professors and students of this center were in the plans for the second day of this trip. Some of the students recited some verses in Persian language and welcomed the Iranian guests. Iranian representatives also delivered some lectures during their visit to central library of Sofia Municipality. In an interview with Bulgarian National Radio, director of International Academic Collaborations, Dr Marandi talked about the women education and their role in Islamic society of Iran. Iranian delegates also had a meeting with Iran ambassador to Bulgaria, Dr Norouzi.

The meetings continued in the third day as well with a visit to State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies and some speeches were delivered by Iranian delegates. The State University officials also expressed their willingness to expand academic relations with Alzahra University and presented a proposal draft for further collaborations with this university. Director of Middle East Studies, Dr Mohammed Abu Assi, also discussed the ways of academic exchange and cultural cooperation between two countries in a meeting with Iranian representatives.
Iranian delegation in the last days of their trip to Bulgaria had some other meetings with Tanya Mihaylora, director of Diplomatic Institute of Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Marinela Radeva, Head of the Cabinet to the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria; and Irina Eirekou, Cultural Advisor to the President of Bulgaria. 


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  • Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria
  • Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria
  • Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria
  • Director of International Academic Collaborations Visits Bulgaria

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