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Iran-Portugal: Online Conference Iran-Portugal: Meeting of the University Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at IUMS with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Portugal

 | Post date: 2020/05/8 | 
Meeting of the University Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at IUMS with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Portugal
 
The online conference with Dr. Morteza Damanpak Jami, the Honorable Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Portugal, took place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, where matters related to the development of international collaboration and the Covid-19 Pandemic were discussed.
 
The meeting attendees included:
Dr. Koohpayehzadeh, the Chancellor for Iran University of Medical Sciences
Dr. Moghtadaei, Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs
Dr. Motevalian, Vice-Chancellor for Research
Dr. Jalali Nodooshan, Head of the Secretariat for the Healthcare Working Group
Dr. Baradaran, Director for Development of International Affairs
 
Dr. Koohpayehzadeh began the meeting by welcoming all participants and especially thanking the Iranian Ambassador to Portugal for taking part in this meeting. The Chancellor noted that Iran had made significant progress in the battle against the pandemic and in some cases, was among the countries pioneering the path towards testing and treatment of the disease. He also expressed hope that the second wave of the epidemic could be curbed by manufacturing the vaccine in Iran.
 
While introducing and presenting information about IUMS, the Chancellor requested that Dr. Damanpak be provided with a catalog of the University in English.
 
According to the Ambassador, Portugal's neighboring countries such as Spain, had been deeply affected by the pandemic where a large number of individuals had been infected and many lives were lost. In comparison to other European countries, such as France and the United Kingdom, which had a drastically larger numbers of Covid-19 patients, Portugal had proven to be more successful in countering the virus, with only 25,000 cases of infection and 104 fatalities. This was mainly due to prompt preventative actions by health care officials in Portugal and setting in place full quarantine measures for the people during the early stages of the outbreak.
 
Dr. Pakdaman added that Portugal is a country with great potential for investment and relatively simpler paths towards registering and launching private companies compared to some other European countries. It would also serve as an excellent market for exporting first-class medical equipment and products manufactured in Iran. Another great advantage is that Portugal is the center point and axis among eight other Portuguese-speaking countries, denoting that it has tremendous potential to communicate with these countries.
 
Dr. Koohpayehzadeh concluded the meeting by offering a memorandum of understanding by IUMS, outlining areas in which the University is able to collaborate with its counterparts in Portugal, and requested that the Ambassador communicate this information via appropriate avenues through the Embassy.
 
The meeting was adjourned with Mr. Farahat being introduced and appointed as the Ambassador’s representative for following up on future issues regarding IUMS through Dr. Moghtadaei.
 
Report prepared by the Director for IT, Networking, and Online Collaborations (May 7, 2020)
Vice-Chancellor’s Office for International Affairs – Iran University of Medical Sciences

Keywords: IUMS | Ira University of Medical Sciences | Portugal | Covid-19 | Pandemic |



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