Due to the fruitful bilateral collaboration between IUT and the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network - ICRANet, a protocol of cooperation that was signed in 2016 has been extended to five more years. Also, some programs namely Dual Degree Ph.D. programs, Joint research under EU program for 2021-2027, Joint Mobility program under Erasmus+ program, Exchanging Academic members and Ph.D. students for using their sabbatical leaves and choosing adjunct professorship, and organizing joint webinars and online workshops in mutual fields of interest, have been added to the agreement.
The ICRANet office in the IUT was inaugurated by Prof. Remo Ruffini, the Director of ICRANet, International Centre for Relativistic Astrophysics Network, together with the IUT former President, during a formal opening ceremony in 2016. The main purposes of establishing this office that is located at the Department of Physics of IUT are developing research activities in relativistic astrophysics, organizing workshops and schools, and exchanging researchers, faculty members, and graduate students. The establishment of this office is followed by the past scientific collaboration between IUT researchers and students with ICRANet.