Ambassador of Iran Kazem Jalali Visits MGIMO

Ambassador of Iran Kazem Jalali Visits MGIMO

26 October 2022

On October 26th, MGIMO University welcomed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation Kazem Jalali.

The Ambassador met the University’s Rector and Member of the RAS Anatoly Torkunov as well as the Director of the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy and Corresponding Member of the RAS Valery Salygin. TheEmbassy of Iran was represented by the Counsellors for Political Affairs, Science and Media.

Mr. Torkunov told the guests about the most relevant focus areas and objectives of MGIMO University. Healsonotedthe importance of further broadening of Iranian-Russian cooperation and prospects for encouraging cooperation, with the support of the Iranian Embassy, between MGIMO University and MIEP MGIMO, and the most prestigious Iranian universities and companies to launch relevant for our countries joint educational BA, MA and MBA programs, train researchers, organize student exchanges and internships, carry out joint analytical projects, hold conferences and roundtables devoted to the promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Iran.

Valery Salygin focused on the features of MIEP educational programs, emphasizing the crucial role of practice-oriented training, the establishment of specialized departments of such big companies as Rosneft, Transneft, Nornickel, Gazprombank at MIEP MGIMO. Special attention was paid to the promising research areas of the Institute concerning energy diplomacy and geopolitics, international energy cooperation, international security, hydrogen energy development, energy digital transformation with the use of innovative technologies and AI systems.

During the meeting, the parties addressed possible cooperation between MGIMO University and MIEP MGIMO with the leading Iranian universities and companies with the support of the largest Russian companies that are strategic partners of the University. The possibility of establishing a Russian-Iranian International Research Center and a Russian-Iranian Institute of Energy Cooperation is of interest.

Thetalkscoveredworld economy and energy development trends, promising areas of international cooperation, challenges related to the development of an innovative economy, digitalization, and other topics.

Kazem Jalali also held a meeting with BA and MA students devoted to further development of cooperation between Iran and Russia. The students took a keen interest in discussing the prospects for such cooperation, in particular, in energy sector, asking numerous questions and showing deep knowledge and immaculate basic training.