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On March 17, a BUzNet (B-learning Uzbekistan Veterinary Network) project Kick-off meeting was held at Tashkent State Agrarian University (TSAU). Welcoming speeches were delivered by the Head of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan Ambassador Eduards Stiprais, Rector of TSAU Botirjon Sulaymonov, representative of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, as well as Project Coordinator Augusto Faustino.
The BUzNet project aims to improve the learning/teaching of veterinary and dairy production control in Uzbek teaching Institutions. It is one out of seven new Erasmus+ projects selected in the framework of the last 2017 Call for proposals involving 4 local and 4 European universities.
Ambassador Stiprais highlighted, "I truly believe that this new project will provide considerable support to the increase of the life standards of common local people through better veterinary and zoo-technical teaching, which will ultimately result in better technical support for local herds’ owners and safer animal products reaching the general society".
It is worth to underline that within the last Call Uzbekistan HEIs demonstrated good absorption capacity submitting 42 applications. 7 new projects have been selected for Uzbekistan and thus ensuring long-term basis for the cooperation of 20 local universities with 26 universities from 15 EU Member States.
Nowadays in total 58 HEIs, including 26 HEIs of Tashkent and 32 HEIs of all country regions and Karakalpakstan, are involved in two programme directions – 25 Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) Joint Projects and 135 Credit Mobility partnerships. The local HEIs are cooperating with 90 universities of 23 EU Member States, as well as with 43 universities from Central Asia, CIS countries and other world regions (Mongolia, Nepal and Vietnam).