The Third Sharif Alumni Conference, as a symbol of solidarity and synergy among graduates of this Iranian scientific hub, was prolifically held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 & 21, 2017, in “Jabir ibn Hayyan Hall" at Sharif University of Technology, with consistent support of Arya Hamrah and a number of other reputable domestic corporations.
The conference, which is held annually by the Alumni Association of Sharif University, pursues three main goals: strengthening the links among graduates, contributing to national issues and discussing global advances in science and technology. It should be noted that the Third Conference was held with four themes comprising “Water & Energy: Future Prospects”, “Entrepreneurship; Employment and Technological Development”, “Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Graduates’ Achievements”, in two mediums of “Speeches & Presentations” and “Specialist Panels”. This effective event, while familiarizing participants with other graduates' accomplishments, provided a forum for discussing the most important challenges and solutions.
In the first part of the conference, Dr. Habib Bagheri, the Scientific Secretary of the conference, Mahmoud Shiri, General Secretary of the Alumni Association and Dr. Mahmoud Fotouhi Firoozabad, President of Sharif University of Technology, delivered introductory lectures. Afterwards, specialized lectures were presented in six rounds during two days.
To name the keynote speakers, the following figures are noteworthy: Dr. Reza Ardakanian, Minister of Energy; Dr. Ja’far Tofighi, Head of the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry; Dr. Yadollah Sabouhi, Head of Sharif Energy Research Institute; Dr. Farshad Fatemi, Faculty Member of Sharif University; Dr. Rahmatullah Sotoudeh, Faculty Member of Tehran University and Dr. Saeed Balalaie, Faculty Member of K. N. Toosi University of Technology.
Finally, it should be noted that the mutual understanding amongst academic graduates and the exchange of their experiences and significant achievements in various fields of science and technology is a great way to consolidate the links between industry and academy. No doubt, this influential interaction provides a golden opportunity to discuss potential solutions to the current macro and micro problems of the country with an expert and forward-looking approach. In this regard, Arya Hamrah, as one of the largest knowledge-based IT solution providers in Iran, according to its long-standing policy, has constantly sponsored this conference and other similar events in Iran. By sponsoring the Third Sharif Alumni Conference, Aryah Hamrah emphasized the need to pay attention to alumni’s accomplishments in addressing the country’s main issues.