Recently Ali Mohammad Noorian, president of Islamic Azad University, and Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh, CEO of Bank Melli Iran (BMI) agreed to launch a project the ‘Mechatronic and Information Technology City’ project will move along the pathway to create a Silicon Valley-according to CITNA.
Mechatronics engineering is the design of computer-controlled electromechanical systems. It can be viewed as ‘modern mechanical engineering design’ in the sense that the mechanical system must be compatible with that of the electrical/electronic and computer control aspects that together make up the entire system BMI has also agreed to support the university in developing business incubators, science-based firms, and joint investments in industry, trade, tourism and agriculture. The cooperation is in line with the national goal to make universities more compatible with the needs of the economy and industry further reports Financial Tribune, Iran.
Iran’s High Council of Cyberspace is working to establish the “Media City” in Payam Special Economic Zone outside Karaj, which is aimed at playing the role of an incubator for “startups active in social media.” The Pardis Technology Park created a decade ago in east Tehran, is also something on the lines of Silicon Valley where several startups and Internet companies have their bases.