Malaysia, Iran to enhance educational, cultural ties

Malaysia and Iran are working to enhance cooperation in the education sector by introducing programs to attract and encourage more students to pursue higher education in the two countries.

Iran's Ambassador to Malaysia Marzieh Afkham said the plan will include university courses and professor exchange programs which could benefit the students, reported.

"Currently, there are less than 4,000 Iranian students pursuing tertiary studies at universities in Malaysia. Many Iranian researchers are also based in your universities, at the same time, we offer Persian language course at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

"Malaysians opt to study in Iran because our universities' ranking is improving," she said.

Afkham was speaking to reporters after launching the translated version of one of the well-known Persian classics titled 'Rose Garden', to 'Taman Mawar' in Malay, which was written by famous Iranian poet Sa'di Shirazi at the National Library (PNM).

Sa'di, a great Iranian poet during the medieval period, was born in 1210 in Shiraz.

PNM collaborated with the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran through the Iranian embassy to introduce the great works of Iran.

The embassy donated 500 copies of 'Taman Mawar' to PNM, which will be distributed to libraries in Malaysia while the public can purchase it in book stores nationwide soon.

Meanwhile PNM Director General Datuk Nafisah Ahmad said there are about 622 items related to Iran in the library's collection of books, serials, journal articles, video and maps.

"These items have been acquired through purchases and gift exchange programs with the Iran National Library and Archives and other agencies," she said.

She also welcomed embassies and high commissions in Malaysia to work together to disseminate information on their respective countries through art exhibition, cultural events, book launch and professional talks.

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