Welcome to the website of the Association of Iranian Faculty Members and Academics in Germany – VIHA (Verband Iranischer Hochschullehrer und Akademiker)

The Association of Iranian Faculty Members and Academics in Germany (VIHA) was founded in November 1989 and is dedicated to promote the scientific and cultural relations between Germany and Iran. As in many other countries, highly specialized Iranians are integrated and actively represented in various strata of the population of the federal republic of Germany. Iranian faculty members, doctors, engineers, lawyers, academics, writers and renowned representatives from the film, radio and television play a significant role at it. They contribute significantly to the coexistence and create new jobs through their activities almost daily.

In order to provide a “home” for exactly this Iranian society, in which they can share their experiences across generations and initiate respectively realize joint projects, the VIHA was founded.
The association is not attached to any political party and envisions itself as a fertile ground to establish insightful contacts and to pursue fruitful knowledge transfer. The synergy of a successful and active networking can significantly influence the future design.

Such a center for encounter is created by strengthening and enhancing existing relationships by the association. The VIHA particularly focuses on participants from the fields of education, science and research, which have a common goal in mind, to espouse for the Iranian community. The association will also serve as a foundation for relationships and experience transfer between young and experienced individuals. In this exchange hides longstanding expertise, this constitutes the basis for a common future. Regular meetings, seminars, lectures and conferences are organized to achieve these goals.

The association provides a platform to successfully implement projects, not only therefore many professors, academics and students have enrolled as members and take an active part at VIHA for more than 28 years.


  • Prof. Dr. Goodarz Mahboobi

    »I am committed to VIHA, since I appreciate the scientific efforts for Iranian academics and students in Europe and the social projects of the association for my home country.«

    – Prof. Dr. Goodarz Mahbobi
  • Omid Abbaspour-Fany

    »There is enormous potential in the Iranian-born academics who now work and live in Germany. VIHA's work contributes to exploiting this potential and to promoting the German-Iranian community.«

    – Omid Abbaspour-Fany
  • Pouyan Khatami

    »With my commitment to VIHA, I would like to help build a bridge between my two home countries in the scientific and cultural fields and because I am convinced that the association will support this idea. «

    – Dipl. Wirt. Inf. Pouyan Khatami
  • Naeimeh Rezaei Kalaj

    »With my commitment to VIHA, I would like to play a key role in helping to implement the ideas and achieve the goals that have been set. I hope that the association will strengthen the German-Iranian academic connection.«

    – Naeimeh Rezaei Kalaj
  • Dipl. Ing. Firooz Sohrabi

    »Meanwhile many highly qualified Iranian academics call Germany their home. It is therefore a special concern of mine to further strengthen German-Iranian relations through my commitment to the VIHA.«

    – Dipl. Ing. Firooz Sohrabi



    Purpose of the association

    The association aims to promote scientific and cultural relations between Germany and Iran. To prevail, the association has particularly instituted the following tasks:

    1. Assistance in the training of scientific personnel in Iran, in particular by:
    a. Promote teaching of German and in Germany living Iranian faculty members and academics in Iran.
    b. Promote the establishment and expansion of scientific education and training institutions for student and assistants in Iran.

    2. Exchange of scientific knowledge by holding conferences in Iran and support the opportunities for participation of Iranian university professors and academics in scientific conferences in Germany.

    3. Publication of scientific papers by German scientists in Iranian journals.

    4. Creation and validation of teaching, research and treatment programs in Iran.

    5. Endeavors for establishing a medical faculty in Iran with the help of professors, teachers and specialists from Germany. Teaching and research shall be adopted by aforementioned teacher.

    6. Secondment of doctors and medical staff in emergency and disaster affected regions.
    7. Aid in the case of disaster and for disaster areas.

    Executive Committee

    On January, 20th 2017 the General Assembly of VIHA elected the new Executive Commitee. It aims to give a new "face" to the appearance of the association. Up to this point many of the concepts and projects have been implemented, due to the keen way of working. At the same time the VIHA works on enabling European scholarships to Iran students by universities and companies.

    The entire Executive Commitee isworking intensively on the renewal of the voluntary sector, which represents a tremendous milestone for the future of the association. Through this modernization and restructuring, the association will act as a prestigious scientific organization, not only in Germany, but also internationally.

    Prof. Dr. Goodarz Mahbobi

    Chairman (President)

    Omid Abbaspour-Fany

    Vice Chairman

    Dipl. Wirt. Inf. Pouyan Khatami

    Coordinator of Public Works

    Prof. Dr. Nosrat Firusian

    Honorary President

    Naeimeh Rezaei Kalaj


    Dr. Nasim Heidarinejad