TEHRAN (IP) - Tehran's Petroleum University of Technology plans to establish an international academic center in Africa amid boosting cooperation with Iraqi and Russian universities, the chancellor of the university, Mohammad Chehardoli, said.

Iran PressAfrica: The university, with an 85-year history, is the second-oldest higher education institution in Iran. In recent years, it has emerged as one of the country's superior scientific and research institutions, serving the Petroleum Ministry and domestic and international companies through its graduated human resources.

Mohammad Chehardoli, the chancellor of the university, revealed plans to establish an international academic center in Africa, amid efforts to boost cooperation with Iraqi and Russian universities.

Chehardoli stated that after signing a memorandum of understanding with Basra University for Oil and Gas (BUOG) in Iraq, the university plans to expand its cooperation this year, covering joint educational and research activities, exchange of professors and students, and holding joint camps.

The university has also reached an agreement with the Russian University of MGIMO, allowing students to spend part of their education in Iran and the other part in Russia. These students will be awarded two degrees at the master's level, one from each university.

Negotiations are underway with the Russian University of Kazan to boost international cooperation through participation in various international exhibitions.

To expand its international activities, the Petroleum University of Technology, with the support of the Ministry of Science, aims to establish a faculty in an African university to train students from across the continent.

Chehardoli also mentioned the Shahid Tondgoyan Petroleum Engineering Competitive Event (TPEC), which has garnered interest from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Considering the shortage of such activities, the university decided to launch this event, receiving 130 demands from various universities' professors, students, and innovative and knowledge-based companies to participate.