The signing ceremony was held Tuesday and attended by acting head of IAQAO Mohammad Hussein Hassani, Cultural and Educational deputy of Al-Mustafa International University Hojat-ol-Islam Jafar Karimi, and cultural deputy of the Iranian Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) Issa Alizadeh.
Addressing the event, Hassani hailed the trend of cooperation between the two sides and thanked Al-Mustafa International University for contribution to the launch of a number of language sections at the International Quran News Agency (IQNA), which is affiliated to the IAQAO.
He noted that IQNA is currently publishing news data-x-items in 19 languages and plans to add two more languages to its platform.
According to the official, the news agency also has two offices in Moscow, Russia, and New Delhi, India.
In each language section at IQNA, at least 70 percent of the content, including news data-x-items and reports, are going to be related to local activities of the regions where the language is spoken, Hassani, said, adding that given Al-Mustafa University’s presence in different countries, it can greatly help IQNA in this regard.
Hojat-ol-Islam Karimi, for his turn, expressed hope that given the capacities of Al-Mustafa University and the IAQAO, cooperation between the two sides will expand in different areas.
He also said the university has compiled a reference book featuring Quran reciters and memorizers, Quranic activities and Quranic works in different countries, which can be a basis for joint cooperation.
Alizadeh also addressed the ceremony, talking about the history of ACECR’s Quranic and cultural activities and the establishment of the IAQAO and IQNA.
Al-Mustafa International University is an Iranian academic center with many overseas branches for non-Iranian Muslims who seek to study Islam and related subjects.
The university offers graduate, post-graduate and PhD courses in such fields as Fiqh (jurisprudence), theology, history of Islam and interdisciplinary fields with an Islamic approach.