Starting what could be a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran, a delegation of senior US higher education officials made a historic visit to the Middle Eastern country in the first days of June. Led by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the delegation held a series of high-level talks with their counterparts from 13 Iranian universities and research institutes, as well as with representatives from the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. The aim of these meetings was to open a new chapter in educational relations between the two nations, characterised by an expanded educational cooperation and a richer academic experience for students, faculty and staff from both nations. Following the visit, the IIE announced on 18 June a new IIE Iran Higher Education Initiative, to reopen and expand educational and scientific dialogue between Iran and the US.
IIE: 2014 Open Doors Report