Hossein Salar Amoli, deputy minister of science, research and technology for international affairs, added that a large science and technology delegation from the European Union recently traveled to Iran and discussed ways of boosting scientific and educational cooperation between Iran and EU member states.
"Representatives of 22 European universities and about 20 Iranian universities also inked agreements on the possibility of conducting joint projects and exchanging professors and students,” the Iranian official added.
If these agreements get the final approval, Iran and the 28-nation bloc will jointly finance the related projects, he noted.
Amoli stated that the EU attaches special importance to the Iranian universities given their excellent academic quality.
Furthermore, the European universities are interested in working with Iran given the high level of its security in the region and the great capabilities of the Iranian scientists, he added.