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Department of Molecular Sciences strengthens partnership with Central Asia

Published: 14 April 2022
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Within the framework of a large regional project on the modernization of professional education in Central Asia for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, our department participated in the meeting in Istanbul (March 28-29). Senior researchers and administrative staff from 9 countries participated in the meeting. SLU was represented by Santanu Basu, Galia Zamaratskaia, Saied Karkehabadi and Monika Johansson.

The purpose was to establish contacts with universities of the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and discuss how to improve the quality of higher education in the field of food technology.

Following 8 higher education institutions from the region of Central Asia participated:

  • Kazakh National Agricultural University in Almaty
  • Almaty Technological University
  • Kyrgyz State Technical University in Bishkek
  • Osh Technological University
  • Technological University in Dushanbe
  • Polytechnic Institute in Khujand
  • Bukhara Engineering -Technological Institute
  • Tashkent Chemical-Technological Institute

“Intensive international exchange plays a vital role in growing and sustaining open societies, and SLU has all possibilities to contribute to the peaceful and sustainable development of Central Asia”, says Santanu Basu, the leader of SLU delegation. During the meeting, Santanu Basu presented our work in the area of food science and technology, and explained the types of cooperation we would be interested in.

Prof. Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Prof. Vadim Kessler and Assoc. Prof. Galia Zamaratskaia have extensive experience in collaboration with universities in Kazakhstan in both research and education. “New lines of collaboration within food technology will help to develop close and sustainable relations with those countries”, says Galia Zamaratskaia.

“Nowadays in the light of current world situation, international academic cooperation between Europe and Central Asia is more important than ever”, says the project leader Dr. Rolf Peter from Germany.

We look forward to a new phase of fruitful collaboration with Central Asia.


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Meeting delegates
Round table discussion


Galia Zamaratskaia

Associate Professor

External collaboration specialist in food quality

Coordinator for the Research School ”Focus on food and biomaterials”