According to IAU public relations, the seminar was held with the presence of IAU president, Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh; head of the Iranian Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, Dr. Nekoumansh, and also the seminar organizing head, Dr. Ehsani in order to present the latest academic achievements in the field of Polymer sciences. Various universities and research centers active in polymer sciences had representatives present, including Tehran University, Sharif University of Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tarbiat Modares University, and South Tehran IAU.
Dr. Nekoumansh first thanked all researchers, professors, and academists participating and stated that “the scientific community has made great efforts to review the papers and select those which are acceptable for presentation.”
He also explained that from 742 articles, 133 were selected for oral presentation, 551 as posters, and 58 were rejected. The seminars have one primary lecturer, 18 keynote lecturers, and 1 invited speaker.
The head of Tehran Province Islamic Azad University, Dr. Shams noted that the technical forerunning branch South Tehran IAU was the first university to launch polymer-oriented majors. He also expressed his hopes that the country's first Bio-polymer Engineering Research Center will be launched soon in Central Tehran IAU.
In this seminar, the IAU president, Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh, stated that establishing offices in different countries can contribute to an ideal education for Persian speaking people, especially Iranians living in other countries, while the high costs for such operations on the ground make virtual presence and strengthening networked university entities a viable and even necessary solution for reducing unnecessary costs.
The IAU president further explained that establishing international offices can further develop the research and scientific quality of the university and proceeded to describe the structure of the IAU international network, which consists of a principal unit, a virtual (online) unit and international offices. Such entities are currently active in Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Germany and Italy.
Dr. Mirzadeh outlined the activities of these offices, explaining that students may continue their studies in their country of residence in programs offered by the international IAU network, and the offices are responsible for following up various academic and adminstrative affairs, and for coordinating with the central unit for dispatching students to the appropriate country in cases such as examinations.
He emphasized that the IAU principal unit, the virtual (online) unit, branches in the UK, UAE, Afghanistan, and Lebanon and also the recently-opened offices in Russia, Germany, and Italy work in tandem to admit Farsi-speaking students who reside in these countries - a methodology that allows for the IAU network to provide an academic and cultural connection between Farsi-speaking communities with Iran through the Islamic Azad University.
The president of the Islamic Azad University emphasized the importance of removing the dependence of the university on tuition from students, which has been repeatedly prioritized among the objectives of IAU, and stated his projection that by 2020, this independence will have fallen to 60%, and that with the mutitude of technology centers, incubaters and knowledge-based firms affiliated with IAU, seventy percent of which have only started up over the past 3 years, the future looks very promising in this regard.