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Meeting with the Top-level Delegation in Iran

Our Expert, Waseem Hussain, was in Iran in mid-May in its role as the Leading House South Asia and Iran to expand Swiss-Iranian cooperation in scientific research.

In mid-May, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) organized an official mission trip to Iran with the objective to expand cooperation in research and education between Switzerland and Iran. The mission was led by State Secretary Mauro Dell'Ambroggio, Director of the SERI, supported by Markus Leitner, Swiss Ambassador to Iran. Among the delegates were 15 representatives of Swiss universities and research institutes. Iranian hosts were represented in Tehran and Isfahan by the rectors of leading universities as well as the heads of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

On behalf of the SERI, the ZHAW was selected as Leading House South Asia and Iran for the period 2017-2020. The International Management Institute manages the Leading House South Asia and Iran at ZHAW and was part of the Swiss delegation.

At the time of the mission trip the cooperation between the two countries in science and research was at a small scale. However, thanks to a workshop that the Leading House South Asia and Iran and its Iranian partners organized in Isfahan, the number of joint research projects is expanding. The workshop was attended by more than 300 Swiss and Iranian researchers many of which have established a working relationship since then.

India is another focus country
In its role as Leading House, the International Management Institute co-ordinates research cooperation with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Iran, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Of these, cooperation with India has always played a prominent role.

But India is internationally renowned not only for excellence in scientific research but also as a market of increasing importance. With 1.3 billion consumers, a healthy economic development and the modernization of its industrial manufacturing capabilities, India holds manifold business opportunities. In order to support Swiss companies interested in doing business with India, the International Management Institute has established the India Desk, offering actionable business services, cross-cultural training, and study trips.