TEHRAN – The University of Isfahan is preparing to offer university courses on tourism in consultation with relevant organizations and institutions, a university official said.

These courses will be part of the university curriculum and should be offered in the post-coronavirus period, Komeil Tayyebi said on Saturday, CHTN reported.

As one of the most touristic cities in Iran and one of the most prestigious travel destinations in the international arena, Isfahan is of great importance for developing tourism in the post-coronavirus era, noted the responsible.

“As a result, this city needs a significant number of professionals with in-depth knowledge of tourism,” he explained.

Besides launching geography and tourism planning courses, the university recently sought agreements with several European universities, according to which it can organize joint courses in academic fields with these universities, he added.

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Isfahan is still capable of being a hub for university tourism courses, thanks to its rich cultural and historical attractions, he said.

Steeped in a rich history and culture, Isfahan was once a crossroads of international trade and diplomacy in Iran. Today, it’s one of Iran’s top tourist destinations for good reason. The ancient city is full of many architectural wonders such as unparalleled Islamic buildings, bazaars, museums, Persian gardens, and tree-lined boulevards. It is a city for walking, getting lost in its frenzied bazaars, dozing in beautiful gardens and meeting people.

The city has long been nicknamed Nesf-e-Jahan, which translates to “half the world”; that is, seeing that it is relevant to see the whole world. At its peak, it was also one of the largest cities in the region with a population of nearly one million.

Isfahan is famous not only for the abundance of its great historic bridges, but also for its “life-giving river”, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has long given the city an original beauty and fertility. The cool blue tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings and the city’s majestic bridges contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside that surrounds it.

The immense Imam Square, better known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (Literary meaning “Image of the World”), is one of the largest in the world (500 m by 160 m), and a majestic example of town planning. Built at the start of the 17th century, the UNESCO-listed square is dotted with the most interesting sites in Isfahan. Modern Isfahan is now home to heavy industry, including steel plants and a nuclear facility on its outskirts, however, its inner core wants to be preserved as a priceless gem.

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