UTMN launches ERASMUS+ project: IMPROvE_AGRO

Research and Innovations 20 March 2020
On March 17, the presentation of the new Erasmus+ projectInternationalizing Master Programmes in Agriculture via English Medium Instruction (IMPROvE _AGRO)” was held at UTMN.

The event allowed for the collaboration between all partnering members – representatives of the consortium and specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Germany, Great Britain and Greece. UTMN hosted the representatives of the Altai State Agricultural University, Krasnoyarsk State Agrarian University, LLC Centre for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering, and the Tobolsk Complex Scientific Station of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Due to the epidemiological situation, the rest of the consortium members took part in the meeting via videoconference.

As part of the launch, work meetings were held to discuss the goals and objectives of the project, the development plan for the near future, the project management strategy and the quality control of its implementation. Additionally, the specialists outlined the current challenges facing the internationalization of Masters programs in Agriculture and Forestry.

Project Coordinator from the European Commission prof. Matthias Hutz noted the important role of the Erasmus+ program and this project, in particular, for the development of academic cooperation between Asia and Europe.

Andrey Tolstikov, UTMN Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations, emphasized the relevance of developing a new generation of Masters programs in Agriculture and Forestry in the context of global challenges, including climate change and pressing biological threats: “It is extremely difficult to create such programs on our own, which in turn requires cooperation between partners - universities, research centers, and corporations - both within the country and beyond”.

It should be noted that in the framework of the development of the West Siberian inter-regional Research and Education Center, UTMN focuses on research projects in the field of biosafety of humans, animals, and plants. Thus, the implementation of the new project “Internationalizing Master Programmes in Agriculture via English Medium Instruction” will support specialists for this focus area.

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

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