The Centre was opened owing to the joint efforts of Tehran Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies and will operate at the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Before the opening of the Centre the representatives of the Iranian Institute met with the Rector of Yerevan State University Aram Simonyan to discuss prospects for cooperation.
“We have strong ties with this institution, we even hold joint programs. With the help of the institute we have already translated a number of works related to the Armenian- Iranian relations. Soon, inIran, there will be released the first translated book. We also plan to publish the translations and publications of the Iranian colleagues,” - said Aram Simonyan.
An agreement to open a similar Centre in Armenia has been achieved last year, when the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Science of Armenia were in Iran on an official visit. A Centre for Armenian Studies will also operate inIran.
“We hope that this cooperation will further strengthen relations between the two peoples. We want to develop fruitful cooperation in the areas that are important to both countries, “- said the representative of the Institute Gamidreza Ayatolahin.
Since the interests of the Iranian side are wide, in the near future they will hold meetings with the deans and a number of other faculties (international relations, sociology, history, theology) to develop work plans.
“The Centre was established at the Chair of Iranian Studies, as researches on Islamic studies have been already conducted there for many years. We have appropriate personnel who have international scientific relations,” - said the Head of the Chair of Iranian Studies Garnik Asatryan.
It should be noted that cooperation, in addition to joint researches, also involves the organization of scientific conferences, lectures and seminars.