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Sweden’s Borås uni signs Iran collaboration

The University of Borås in Sweden has signed a dual doctoral program deal with the University of Mazandaran in northern Iran.

Half the course will be taught in the mountainous Mazandaran region, north of Tehran. Photo: Flickr/ Ninara

Doctoral students will divide time between the two research environments

The Swedish institution will teach students in the Resource Recovery department, but the doctoral candidates will split their studies between the two campuses. The half of the course delivered in Iran will focus on Applied Chemistry.

“There is an interest in Iran in developing research and education”

At the end of the research, graduates will receive a single doctoral degree, awarded by each institution for the area of study it delivered.

Though only recently made public, the deal was signed in September. The first students are set to embark in September 2019.

Mohammad Taherzadeh, professor and research leader at Borås, who is also the academic lead for the Resource Recovery section of the dual degree, said the HEI had formed an important international partnership which would benefit both institutions’ research capabilities.

“There is an interest in Iran in developing research and education when it comes to waste management. As a result, they are interested in working with us,” he said in a statement to the press.

“The doctoral students will divide their time between these two research environments, thus gaining access to more supervisors and more laboratory equipment, and thus further having the opportunity to develop during their research studies,” Taherzadeh, who is Iranian, added.

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