Iran, Venezuela to Establish Joint Education Center
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Venezuela signed an agreement in Caracas to create the "University of Civilizations," an education center to train students in the "principles of the Bolivarian Revolution and the 21st century Socialism".
The Latin country's Deputy Minister for Academic Development Tibisay Hung said the program will begin in Caracas at the existing, tuition-free Bolivarian University.
"The new university will be built in Caracas... and at the next Joint Commission to be held in Iran in 2009 ... participants will see the scale model of the project and will exchange ideas and programs with the faculty", said Hung.
Hung said that the aim is to promote discussion of "21st century socialism." The plan is part of the 2007-2008 educational exchange agreement signed by the two countries, which also includes a program of 10 scholarships for post-graduate studies and PhD degrees, said Hung.
Venezuela announced the program on Monday.
President Hugo Chavez is promising to lead Venezuela toward socialism, and in recent years has built increasingly close ties with Iran.
Iran and Venezuela have signed some thirty cooperation agreements in the last few months. Venezuelan President Hugo Ch?vez and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have met on several occasions. Their last meeting was last November in Tehran.