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Universities of Belarus, Czech Republic sign agreement on cooperation

University of South Bohemia

The Belarusian State Agricultural Academy (Gorki) and the University of South Bohemia (the Czech Republic, Budejovice) have signed an agreement on cooperation in science and education, BelTA learnt from rector of the Belarusian university Alexander Kurdeko.

The document envisages information sharing. For instance, the Czech university has already donated 10 books and the same amount of theses on various types of research in the agricultural area. The parties agreed on Belarusian scientists using Czech equipment for research. “We also intent to exchange the academic staff and students for on-the-job training,” the rector said.

The Belarusian State Agricultural Academy shows interest in the practices applied by the R&D Institute of Fishery and Hydrobiology that makes part of the University of South Bohemia and is based in Vodnany.

“Last year we completed the construction of Belarus’ biggest fish nursery to grow rainbow trout of the total capacity of 3 million fish a year, set up a scientific practical center for aquaculture. Therefore, many-year experience of our Czech counterparts will be very useful for us to develop a new production and scientific basis and conduct joint research,” Alexander Kurdeko said.

A wide range of issues concerning prospects for bilateral cooperation will be discussed in the near future. Thus, on 10-11 April the Belarusian State Agricultural Academy will play host to the fourth meeting of the working group on cooperation in agriculture and food set up as part of the Belarusian-Czech mixed commission for economic, industrial and sci-tech cooperation.

Founded in 1840, the Belarusian State Agricultural Academy is the biggest agro-industrial multi-discipline establishment of higher education in the CIS and Europe. Nearly 15,000 students receive education at its 16 departments.

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