The presidents of the country's major universities and research institutes corresponded with the world's elite community in order to fight COVID-19. In this regard, the chancellor of Tarbiat Modares University wrote letters to 17 universities.
Coinciding with the outbreak of COVID-19, the use of global scientific capabilities and capacities to diagnose and combat the disease, as well as the expression of double oppression of the Iranian people due to sanctions, was on the agenda of the ministry of Science, Research and Technology; which the country's major universities and research institutes have corresponded with the world's elite community.
The purpose of these bilateral and multilateral correspondences is to open the door to dialogue between Iranian researchers and global scientists to address the scientific dilemmas, as well as considering another part of the problem facing human societies called sanctions.
In this regard, Dr. Ahmadi, TMU chancellor, sent 17 letters to universities in China, Japan, Russia, Italy, Turkey, the United States, Romania, Finland and Poland, protesting the harsh sanctions against Iran's research activities in the fight against corona.
Dr. Ahmadi wrote in a letter to Berkeley University: "We are indebted to the sacrifices of our doctors and medical staff to the patients. But there is no need to say that in the shadow of the illegal and inhumane sanctions against Iran, our challenges to deal with this exceptional crisis have increased."
The University of Tabriz, as the custodian of the national working group on scientific cooperation with Turkey, asked its counterpart university in Turkey, Gobzeh University, to make the voice of the Iranian scientific community heard through scientific forums and unions. Mir Reza Majidi, president of Tabriz University, by addressing the president of Istanbul University as one of the prestigious universities in Turkey, emphasized: "This crisis will sooner or later end with more or less casualties, but its stories will remain; the story of the nurses hiding their worries behind their kind faces. He wrote: "In order to fight this disease and overcome it, we must increase our capabilities, and sanctions must be lifted. I urge you to convey our message to the academic unions and associations in order to lift the unfair sanctions against the Iranian people."
Mustafa Motalebi, president of the national institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, also wrote a letter to the director general of the international center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology: ?Despite Iran's continuous efforts to combat and control COVID-19 disease, imposing sanctions as well as preventing the transmission of research needed materials, have made it extremely difficult for Iran to do so. At the same time, I hope that in the light of multilateral scientific exchanges and the advantage of investigative and innovative capacities, we can overcome this problem."
The Technical and Vocational University also sent letters to 20 universities in Germany, France, Austria, South Korea, Lebanon, Iraq, Senegal, India and Oman, with which it has a memorandum of understanding, emphasizing the need to develop scientific relations. Ebrahim Salehi Omran, the president of the Technical and Vocational University, in a letter to the president of Paris 13 University, France, stated: "While scientific cooperation is the essence of global civilization, Iran's scientific sanctions are against humanity and justice. The global scientific community, including the science and technology community, must free itself from the shell of global politics and fight discrimination against human beings."
Abbas Zeraat, the president of Kashan University has sent letters to 12 universities in the countries of the region and beyond to reflect the voice of the oppressive sanctions against the scientific cooperation of Iran's universities. He wrote to the president of the Indian Institute of Technology: "Iran, along with other countries in the world, has been affected by this tragic event (Corona-virus pandemic), while oppressive sanctions against Iran have targeted the country's health system."
Sharif University of Technology has also sent letters to the universities having a memorandum of understanding with, while expressing empathy and sympathy in the crisis situation of the whole world, stressed the need to maintain and continue cooperation among the parties.
Imam Khomeini International University has also corresponded with federation of the universities of the Islamic world, UNESCO, Association of State Universities of Caspian Sea, and Silk-Road Universities Network-SUN, and universities in nine countries. Abolhassan Naeini, president of Imam Khomeini International University, addressed the Secretary General of Silk-Road Universities Network-SUN: "As a worldwide academic family, we are responsible for this humanitarian catastrophe, we must fight corona-virus and condemn the factors that create and perpetuate illegal discrimination in this unequal war.
In addition, the head of the Institute for Color Science & Technology, in correspondence with his partner institutions in Malaysia, Italy, Germany and France, noted: "Despite unfair sanctions against Iran, we declare our readiness preparation for international scientific cooperation, especially in the field of joint projects, with the aim of stopping or declining the spread of this virus (corona-virus)."
In correspondence with non-Iranian counterparts, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI) stressed the need to discuss the impact of economic sanctions on increasing the problems caused by the COVID-19 epidemic disease and the development of bilateral and multilateral scientific cooperation.
Addressing the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Mehdi Nekoumanesh, IPPI, stated: "It is hoped that the scientific community, which has always been far from political issues and has brought peace and prosperity to society, will be able to mitigate the effects of these sanctions and find a solution for this Issue."
Sadullah Nasiri Gheidari, president of Shahid Beheshti University, and Abbas Salimi, President of Allameh Tabatabai University, also sent separate letters to the presidents of major universities around the world, urging them to accompany the scientific community with deprived people from different countries of the world and the double oppression that is being inflicted on a group of them. They announced their university's readiness for international scientific cooperation in the fight against the corona challenges and its social and psychological side effects.