According to a faculty member at the Shiraz University Veterinary School of Medicine, the university has managed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in expanding scientific cooperations and awarding joint degrees in aquatic health.

Dr Soltanian also added that according to the Times Higher Education rankings, at the moment, Ghent University places 118 universally and 52 among European universities. Through this MoU, PhD students will conduct the main proportion of their research at Shiraz University and spend at least 6 months over at Ghent University. The final thesis will be in English and the student will be awarded two degrees, one from Ghent University and one from Shiraz University.

Dr Soltanian named Ms Torabi Delshad as the first student to be receiving this kind of a joint degree.