New Cooperation with Syrian University
by Kamila Moravcikova
On 12th March 2018, SUA Rector Dr.h.c. prof. Ing. Peter Bielik, PhD. welcomed delegation from Tishreen University in Syria lead by their Rector – Dr. Hani Chaaban. The main aim of the visit was a discussion about possible cooperation in the field of research and mobilities of students and lecturers.
The meeting was also attended by prof. RNDr. Zdenka Gálová, CSc. (Vice-Rector for Education and ECTS), assoc. prof. Ing. Arch. Roberta Štěpánková, PhD. (Vice-Rector for Informatization and University Development), prof. Ing. Ján Gaduš, PhD. (Vice-Rector for Science and Research), prof. Dr. Ing. Elena Horská (Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management), assoc. prof. Ing. Peter Ondrišíj, PhD. (Dean of the Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources), assoc. prof. Ing. Mgr. Danka Moravčíková, PhD. (Chairman of SUA Academic Senate), assoc. prof. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, PhD. (Director of the AgroBioTech Research Centre), and Mgr. Vladislav Valach (Head of the International Relations Office).
At the beginning of the meeting, Rector of SUA introduced the university and its faculties and emphasized their importance in the area of sustainable agriculture, research of healthy and safe food, economics, management as well as in the area of automotive and engineering industry. Rector of SUA also described existing cooperation with Syrian educational and research institutions, such as Arabic Center for the Study of Arid Zones and Dried Soils located in Damascus, or League of Arab States, that is focused on joint research on arid lands, Arabian bream breeding, use of irrigation and others.
SUA Rector, prof. Bielik stated that “during existence of SUA, there have been many students from Syria studying here. I am delighted that today, they occupy significant position and are still remembering their ´alma mater´”. He believes that SUA in Nitra and Tishreen University have a lot to offer to each other in the field and education and research.
Tishreen University in Latakia was established in 1971 and currently has 17 faculties and around 70,000 students. According to prof. Dr. hani Chaaban, their university would like to pick up on previous cooperation of SUA in Nitra with Syrian institutions in the research of dry land areas and at the same time to develop new relations at the faculty level.
The next step will be preparation of memorandum on cooperation.
At the end of the meeting, the delegation accompanied by assoc. prof. Tatiana Bojňanská visited AgroBioTech Research Centre.