0734 GMT April 17, 2021
Academicians and researchers from Iran as well as Scandinavian and Baltic universities and research centers met Tuesday online to confer on the development of Persian language teaching programs.
The webinar, ‘Development of Persian Language and Iranology in the Scandinavian and Baltic Countries,’ was hosted by Iran’s Cultural Attaché in Stockholm Seyed Zia Hashemi.
Hashemi, who coordinates Iran’ cultural activities including the promotion of Persian language in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries welcomed the speakers and expressed hope the event will facilitate joint academic programs.
The webinar was organized by the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and Iran’s Cultural Center in Stockholm, and sponsored by Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the University of Tehran, Dehkhoda Institute, the Sa’adi Foundation, the Iranology Foundation, and Iranian embassies in Scandinavian countries.
Mikko Viitamaki from the University of Helsinki, Finland; Seyed Samad Alavi from the University of Oslo, Norway; Lidia Leonteva from the University of Tallinn, Estonia; Abdolmajid Mirdamadi from the Iranology Foundation; Mehdi Qavidel from Lund University, Sweden; Abdolhamid Alizadeh from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology; Mahmoud Bi Jen Khan from Dehkhoda Institute; Shahrooz Falahat-Pisheh from the Sa’adi Foundation; and Seyed Zia Hashemi from Iran’s Cultural Center took part in the online conference.
In the first section of the webinar, which was dedicated to the scholars from Scandinavian and Baltic universities, Vittamaki welcomed cooperation with Iranian universities to promote Persian language programs at the University of Helsinki.
Alavi also said the University of Oslo is interested in sending students of Middle East studies to spend part of their third-year program in Iran. Qavidel echoed similar interest and said there are students at Lund University’s Center of Middle East studies who take Persian in their studies.
Leonteva said Persian language and literature is appealing to students in northern European universities, saying she welcomes cooperation with Iranian academic and research centers.
Iranian scholars who delivered their speeches during the second half of the event, introduced their respective institutions and their activities in education and research in the field of Persian language and literature as well as Iranian cultural studies.
Mirdamadi of Iranology Founation said a virtual platform can facilitate Persian language courses in the Nordic countries.
As the key speaker of the event, Mahmoud Bi Jen Khan of Dehkhoda Institute, said the experience gained by online courses during the coronavirus period can be cultivated in the post-coronavirus era.
He said person-to-person contacts are second to none and expressed the hope that dispatching Persian language instructors to foreign countries will resume in the near future.
Finally, Alizadeh, who is also a member of board of education of Al-Zahra University, said the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education provides scholarship in the Persian language, Iranology, and Iranian Studies programs, with exceptional facilities for foreign students.
The Iranian cultural attaché closed the webinar reading a statement calling for further attention and support to Persian language and literature programs at the academic, research and cultural institutions abroad.