Preliminary meeting of the rector of KazNU with foreign partners to discuss the joint project "Iran-Turan"


A meeting of the rector with foreign partners to discuss the joint project "Iran-Turan" was held 04.04.2016 in al-Farabi KazNU. The question for discussion was cooperation in the framework of the project "Turan-Iran" between al-Farabi KazNU, University of Cambridge (UK) and the Islamic Culture and Cooperation Organization (ICRO) (Iran). From the Iranian side the meeting was attended by Abbas Homeier - Vice-President of the Islamic Culture and Cooperation Organization (ICRO), Amir Reza Darabian - Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kazakhstan, Masud Zeineddin - Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Iran in Kazakhstan, Majeed Cam Ranh - the Representative of the Iranian cultural center in Almaty the Iranian Embassy in Kazakhstan, Amir Chenari - Professor, University of Shahid Beheshti, from the University of Cambridge - Charles Melville Dean of the faculty of Asian and Middle East Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, Vice-President of the British Association of Iranian (UK) and Firuza Melville, Director of the research center of Iranian studies of the University of Cambridge (UK). This meeting was also attended by Vice-rectors, scientists and Professors who are engaged in current issues of Iranian studies in KazNU.

During the meeting it was proposed to make al-Farabi KazNU a training Centre for Iranian studies in Central Asia, the Iranian side stated that it is ready to provide this full support. 
C. Melvill proposed to consider joint implementation of projects on which work is already underway in KazNU. This includes projects such as: 
The presence of Persian motives in the works of Kazakh poets Abai and Shakarim;

The presence of Iranian motives in Kazakh epic poetry.

Also initiate work on the project "Codiciliogical project on Cambridge collections".
At the University of Cambridge saved the manuscripts on the history of Iran and the Turkic world. This determines another field of joint activities. After the lifting of sanctions with Iran there will be no obstacles to joint work with the UK. KazNU sent to the Cambridge list of research projects, the number 20. A great interest to Cambridge present KazNU-related projects such as Shahnameh Ferdowsi, the epic tradition, the folklore of the East, cultural, linguistic and literary connections between Iranian and Turkic cultures and civilizations. Cambridge has a good fundamental base, a fantastic collection of manuscripts. 

The outcome of the meeting was the decision to develop a training strategy in the field of Turkic-Iranian relations at the University of Cambridge in the framework of the Bolashak program and determine candidacy.

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