ALMATY (Kazakhstan), 5 July (UPM) – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has formalized a framework with the Kazakh National Agrarian University (KazNAU) for exchanges of post-graduate students and other tangible collaboration utilizing their comparative advantages as the leading agricultural universities in their respective countries.
The framework is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by UPM Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan and KazNAU Rector, Prof. Tlektes I. Yespelov, on behalf of their respective universities here today.
The pact, valid for 5 years, spelt out the readiness of the two parties to promote synergies and collaboration as well as co-sponsoring and organizing seminars, workshops and expert consultation at regional or national level as needed.
They are also to collaborate in publications in scientific journals of both universities.
In conjunction with the signing of the MoU and discussions on the areas to start the collaboration, the Kazakh university and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded an Honorable Professorship on Prof. Datuk Dr Fauzi.
He is the first Malaysian to be honoured with the award which is also the 70th of KazNAU.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi and his delegation is in the Kazakh commercial capital city of Almaty to attend the International Conference on the Integration into International Scientific and Educational Community: Experience and Perspectives .
He said they had agreed to set up a KazNAU-UPM Research Center in their respective universities that would involve UPM Holdings and to have post-graduate dual degree programmes in Food Safety, Water Resources and Agriculture.
The collaboration would also provide a platform for post-graduate candidates and staffs to follow the mobility programmes.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi said the KazNAU is interested in commercializing their products and research works and they wanted to know how UPM has been doing this.
The Kazakh university is also keen to become a research university and wanted to know more of UPM’s experience.
KazNAU is a pioneer educational institution in the central Asian nation in the field of agricultural and science. It was established as the Kazakh State Agrarian University in year 1996 through a merger of two oldest institutes in Kazakhstan, the Almaty Zooveterinarian Institute and the Kazakh Agricultural institute.
The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N, A. Nazarbayev, had officially named the university as the Kazakh National Agrarian University in 2001.
At present, KazNAU offers research and academic programmes in the area of agriculture science and technology, engineering and information technology, science health and bio-medicine, natural science and social science in six faculties and 25 departments. – UPM
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