Iran, SKorea to boost academic ties

IRNA – Iran and South Korea have discussed ways of boosting academic and scientific cooperation.

Iran’s Ambassador to Seoul Saeid Badamchi and South Korea’s Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister of the country Yoo Eun Hae met on Saturday and discussed ways of boosting academic cooperation, including student and professor exchange programs.

The Korean official described Iranian students studying at the country’s universities as brilliant and talented, and said that her country will try to offer more facilities to receive more Iranian students.

She also expressed readiness to open centers in Tehran for teaching South Korean language to interested Iranian people.

The two sides also emphasized the necessity of strengthening the scientific, academic ties between the two countries.

Currently, some 400 Iranian students have enrolled in South Korean universities with 80 percent of them studying at graduate courses.

The number of Iranian students at Korean universities has increased by 100 percent over the past three years.