Visit of the Iranian Ambassador

March 16, 2017 Gödöllő - - His Excellency Mr. Gholamali Rajabi Yazdi paid an introductory  visit to Szent István University. The Economic Councillor Mohammad Javad Hosseini escorted the Ambassador, who has held  this position since 2016.

The guests were welcomed by Rector Dr. János Tőzsér, Vice-Rector of International Relations Dr. István Szabó, Vice-Rector for Education Dr. Tamás Tóth, Dr. Zsuzsanna Tarr, Head of International Relations Centre and Dr. Anikó Khademi-Vidra, Associate Professor.

After introductions, the Rector described  the University’s history, system, the main directions of education, and the achievements of International relations. Ambassador Gholamali Rajabi Yazdi gladly contributes to  networking between SZIU and  Iranian Universities, specifically the University of Tehran, in the fields of water-husbanding and post-harvest engineering. To strengthen our contribution, there will be a tender for mobility resources with the credit-mobility program Erasmus+. After a successful promotion of Stipendium Hungaricum in 2017, 393 applications arrived  for the 100 spots available, which is a huge step forward. Scholarship applications did not fill the Iranian quote in the previous year. At the end of the visit, the Ambassador also met Iranian student and the delegation on a short campus tour.

Iran is the second biggest country in the Near-East region with a territory  of 1 648 195 km2. Its neighbours to  the North are Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea, and Turkmenistan; Afghanistan and Pakistan to the East; the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to the South; and Iraq and Turkey to the West. While the locals have referred to the country as Iran since the time of Akhaimenida, the West called the land  Persia  until 1935. In 1959, Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi announced that both names are correct. After the Revolution of 1979 led by Ayatullah Homeini, the official name  became the Islamic Republic of Iran and has a theocratic form of government. The centre of the land is mostly desert or steppe with swaps (swamps?), salt lakes and highlands connected to Alborz alongside  the Caspian Sea in the North and the Zagros Mountains in the Southwest. Iran is an industrial-agricultural country with a tremendous amount of mineral oil. Its significant crops are: wheat, barley, rice, corn, potatoes, beans, lentils, soy, sugar-cane, oranges, dates, grapes, pistachios, and vegetables. Its major animals are horses, cattle, sheep, donkeys, camels, and poultry.