According to IAU public relations, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, head of the national Environmental Protection Organization, first expressed her appreciation of the efforts and actions of IAU in protecting the environment and stated that a long-running cooperation has existed between the two organizations and has already proven to be instrumental in educating students, founding specialized programs in fields related to the environment, and in taking actual measures to protect the environment. She stated the the MoU is a way to focus the collaboration between the EPO and IAU, to better define common goals and take larger steps for the environment.
“We signed an MoU with the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and have begun our cooperation with universities in various fields such as basic environmental training, research and environmental education debates, and also presenting practical courses aiming at modifying environmental behaviors and motivating students to participate in discussing and finding solutions for environmental issues,” said Ebtekar.
She also added that green management regulations, which have been officially stated in paragraph 190 of the Fifth Program, have been circulated to all universities and it is our hope that all of these administrative guidelines, which cover aspects such as saving water, energy, and paper, will be put into practice through the cooperation of staff, faculty and students, and that “we must take a scientific approach to environmental issues and monitor them with minimum error and maximum reliability, to the extent that our knowledge allows.”
The president of IAU, Dr. Mirzadeh, pointed to the capacities of the university, some of which are already operational and effective in environmental affairs. “There are units in the IAU system that are active in processing pollutants, controlling agricultural emissions and air pollution, and converting wastes into valuable materials.” He made specific mention of 10 IAU-affiliated growth centers and 70 knowledge-based companies that are working on environmental protection, and suggested that a workgroup be founded to uphold and monitor the activities under the MoU.
Dr. Abbaspour, dean of the faculty of environmental sciences, proceeded to give an overview of the academic state of affairs, stating that the cooperation between the EPO and IAU has been ongoing for the past three decades, which makes the IAU the forerunner of academic support for the environment. The university now offers 33 specialized programs in environmental sciences and will soon start up a program for ecotourism.
Developing modern technologies from knowledge-based initiation to the technical phases, implementing mutual projects, reviewing and updating environmental standards, and solving environmental issues based on their priorities are some of the areas of cooperation between IAU and EPO. This MoU was signed in a ceremony held in Pardisan Park, a complex covering more than 270 hectares, located in the northwest of Tehran,