Iran, Italy Rail­ways in Aca­demic Co­op­er­a­tion

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN - Iran and Italy have signed an agree­ment ac­cord­ing to which Ital­ian pro­fes­sors will teach Ira­nian stu­dents sci­ence re­lated to rail trans­porta­tion.

The agree­ment was signed be­tween the Ital­ian Rail­ways Group, Is­lamic Repub­lic Rail­ways (RAI), and the Ira­nian Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, RAI pub­lic re­la­tions of­fice told Trend.

Ac­cord­ing to Said Fazel, the dean of en­gi­neer­ing school at Iran Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, who was ad­dress­ing a joint press con­fer­ence about the agree­ment, 700 ap­ply­ing stu­dents have been se­lected to take the course.

Nurol­lah Beiran­vand, deputy head of RAI for plan­ning and econ­omy, who also spoke dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, hoped that the aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion will pro­vide Iran with great hu­man re­sources.

He noted that ac­cord­ing to poli­cies of the RAI, rail­ways should be re­spon­si­ble for 30 per­cent of cargo trans­porta­tion as well as 20 per­cent of pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion in Iran.

Iran has 3,500 kilo­me­ters of rail­roads un­der con­struc­tion. The coun­try’s 20-Year Vi­sion Plan (2005-25) stip­u­lates that the num­ber of pas­sen­gers us­ing rail trans­porta­tion in the coun­try will in­crease

from the cur­rent 25 mil­lion to 65 mil­lion per year.

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