2016: Expression of interests

Various institutes and faculties of UZH had shown great interest in exchange activities with universities in Tehran and other universities in Iran. On 27 September 2016, a meeting with representatives of four faculties (Faculty of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Theology) and the International Relations Office took place on 27 September 2016.

2017: First exploration trip to Iran

The first exploration trip to Iran was aimed at conducting personal talks at various universities and the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. This journey, funded by Stiftung Mercator Switzerland, took place from 6 to 14 January 2017. Among the encouraging results were:

- First personal contact

- Possibility of exchange at student and professor level, as well as the potential for research stays

- Primary concepts for co-organized summer schools

- Establishment of a systematic, non-invasive observation area in the Hyrcan Forest (UNESCO World Heritage)

2017: Acceptance for funding by Stiftung Mercator Switzerland

In June 2017, UZH's application to Stiftung Mercator Switzerland was adopted to establish a long-term cooperation basis between UZH and Iranian institutions of higher education. The experiences and activities conducted during the start-up funding will provide a solid instrument for the efficient introduction of sustainable cooperation projects.