The Ceremony of the Elected ones of the Third Festival in Ferdowsi University

The Ceremony of the Elected ones of the Third Festival in Ferdowsi University

The celebration ceremony of winners of the third Nations Culture Festival was held with attendance of president of Ferdowsi University, ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries, General Director of Culture and Islamic Guidance Department, the governer of Khorasan Razavi, Ferdowsi University officials and the participant students at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Continue reading

The Third Festival Opening in Ferdowsi University

The Third Festival Opening in Ferdowsi University

The third Nations Culture Festival is started  with the goal of introducing culture and art of different countries by the international students of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and with the slogan of “Peace and Friendship” in the direction of Mashhad 2017 programs on April 17, with the presence of ambassadors of Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and 30 foreign guests from 21 countries at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
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Secretary of the Cultural Capital of Islamic World visits secretariate of the third Nations Culture Festival

Secretary of the Cultural Capital of Islamic World visits secretariate of the third Nations Culture Festival

Sarabi, general director of Culture and Islamic Guidance office in Mashhad and the secretary of the Cultural Capital of Islamic World and Dabiri, deputy general director of Culture and Islamic Guidance office in Mashhad met Dr. Ghanaei, head of International Students Office and secretary of the third Nations Culture Festival on April 12, 2017 and discussed with him. Dr. Ghanaei presented a report about the recents accomplished actions regarding the third Nations Culture Festival. Also, Dr. Sarabi, appreciated Ferdowsi University for holding this festival that is simultaneous with the Mashhad 2017 program. He hoped with the support of all executive organs we can hold Nations Culture Festival in the best way.

Nations Culture Festival’s second press conference

Nations Culture Festival’s second press conference

According to the Third Nations Culture Festival reporter, Dr. Ghanaei head of international student’s office of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the secretary of the third Nations Culture Festival, in a press conference on Saturday, April 8, said: There are 6000 students in Khorasan Razavi province and 1500 students in Ferdowsi University from 21 countries.

Nations Culture Festival will be held from April 17 to 19 at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and Dr. Ghanaqei outlined peace and friendship among nations and also to help foreign students of Khorasan Razavi feel good and safe as objectives of this festival.

Dr. Ghanaei said: the other objectives of this festival are to show the capabilities and capacities of Mashhad city to foreign guests. Actually, in this festival we have religious and cultural competitions, literary texts on the subject of Mashhad 2017, presenting research abstracts and Food festival.

Head of international student’s office talked about the differences of this festival with previous years and said: this festival is different from previous years. The difference is in subjects like Mashhad 2017, presenting booth library of Imam Hussein holy shrine, booth Afghanistan and booth Iraq as museum and also presenting booth Khorasan.

Dr. Ghanaei said: at least 1500 foreign students of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad had a good participation at the festival and daily, we had 8 to 12 visitors at the festival and its exhibition. This year we anticipate 100 percent growth.

Dr. Ghanaei said the venue for the festival is in the direction of the north door ( Vakil Abad Blvd) to the west door (Shahid Bahonar Blvd) of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and said: this festival is held with the promise of peace and friendship.

Secretary of the third Nations Culture Festival stated that the other objective of this festival is to introduce Iran as a good symbol of peace and friendship in the world and said: on the opening day, 21 doves will be unveiled as a symbol of freedom and the 21 meter cake of peace and friendship will be cut.

Dr. Ghanaei said: this festival will be held on the first day at 9 to 20, on the second day at 9 to 18 and on the third day at 9 to 22. The closing ceremony will be held at the fundamental science faculty of Ferdowsi University.

Regarding the guests of this festival he mentioned the presence of ambassadors and consuls of countries, international scholars, the governor-general of Khorasan Razavi and provincial managers and said: this is a university festival and with cooperation of the medias want to witness the strong presence of people.

Also in the second part of this conference, Dr. Mojtaba Kafashan, representative of head of Ferdowsi University talked about Mashhad 2017 and said: Mashhad 2017 is a good practice for joint cooperation between government and private organizations and Ferdowsi University had better cooperation than other universities of Khorasan on this subject.

Dr. Kafashan mentioned the serious activities of Iranian and foreign students at this festival and noted: we want to increase joint cooperation with effort and empathy and we want to improve academic status of the city and province of Imam Reza.

At the end, Kafashan said: there will be 60 booths at in festival that 40 of them are student booths that foreign students will run and manage them. Other 20 of them are office booths.

Ferdowsi University a pioneer in internationalization

Ferdowsi University a pioneer in internationalization

Dr. Kafi, president of Ferdowsi University in an exclusive interview with the Third Nations Culture Festival reporter thanked all those involved with the festival and said: I believe that the mission of the university is globalization. As science has no boundaries, the university activities have no boundaries and globalization lies in its nature. Our goal from internationalization of the university is that it achieves its primary mission and serves to humanity. So, it can present science as the heritage of humanity to all people.

Dr. Kafi continued: today, many countries communicate through diplomacy and it can be defined in different areas. If we consider diplomacy as a bridge among countries that improves their relations, the scientific diplomacy is a bridge which is stronger than other bridges like political or financial diplomacy. We can see that we have scientific diplomacy with countries that we even do not have political diplomacy with them. This diplomacy is always in the strategic plans of the university.

President of Ferdowsi University said: since Ferdowsi University is located in Mashhad and this city is the cultural capital of Islamic world. Mashhad is one of the international cities because of the holy shrine of Imam Reza, having many international flights, hotels and prevalence of different languages. Ferdowsi University uses this capacities to improve scientific diplomacy in the countries of the region. Ferdowsi University is located in a place where it has borders with many countries and because of the religious situation of Mashhad, this university has scientific relations with many Arab countries, especially countries where Shias live and therefore this university is successful in international scope.

Dr. kafi mentioned attracting international students as a way of internationalization and said: Ferdowsi University could attract many students from neighboring countries, the region and European countries.

Dr. Kafi continued: the first mission of an international student after entering to university is to study and then there is the issue of living for several years in a country. We have to be able to provide an atmosphere for students to feel confident and can share their identity and culture. The main objective of this festival is that international students be able to introduce their traditions, foods and way of clothing’s. So the purpose of such festivals is to create a basis for friendship among different nations and acquaintance of Iranian students with other countries culture and identity.

He also said: since Mashhad is the culture capital of Islamic world in 2017, Nations Culture Festival will be held specifically this year. We try not to limit its subjects to students and Mashhad be introduced properly to international students and visitors of festival. Therefore, some governmental and public organizations and institutions will be present at the festival.

He continued: what Ferdowsi University expects from this festival is to show visitors, the internationalization capacities and the commonalities we must emphasize. While we emphasize on cultural ties it means we emphasize on friendship and peace is our priority.

Dr. Kafi said: our international students are mainly from troubled countries so, in this festival, we try to say if students are the future leaders, there are many reasons for peace and friendship and we should not move toward war and unrest. That is why we chose promise of peace and friendship as the slogan of this festival.