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9 марта 2021
DSTU WILL ESTABLISH A BRANCH IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
A branch of Don State Technical University in Zambia will be established on the basis of Copperbelt University (Kitwe). DSTU will also open an Interregional Technology Transfer Center in the Southern Province of the Republic of Zambia, which will become a platform for promoting innovative products and technologies and ensure the presence of Don enterprises and companies in Africa.
The key details of the agreements and areas of cooperation were discussed during a working meeting held on March, 5, 2021, as a part of the official visit of the delegation of the Republic of Zambia to the Rostov region. The delegation of the African Republic was headed by the Minister of Finance of Zambia, Dr. Bwalya Ng'andu. The meeting was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Zambia to the Russian Federation, Shedrek Chingembu Luwita.

In 2020, the Government of Zambia, universities and representatives of agricultural companies held a series of negotiations with DSTU on joint projects in the field of agriculture, education and research. During the meeting, the Minister of Finance of Zambia, Mr. Ng'andu, expressed the wish that Zambian students come to the Rostov region as often as possible to study technologies that are used in agriculture, in order to introduce the accumulated knowledge in their homeland.

– At the meeting with the Governor of the Rostov region, we identified priority areas for the development of cooperation – these are agriculture, mechanical engineering, food processing, development of solar and wind energy, – Dr. Ng'andu said.

In the near future, an agreement on cooperation between DSTU and Copperbelt University will be signed. The agreement will fix the parties' intentions to start a roadmap development on opening the DSTU branch in the African Republic.

DSTU administration also plans to sign an agreement with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Zambia for training at all levels of higher education and additional professional training in the following areas: agriculture, aquaculture, veterinary medicine, agricultural machinery. Also DSTU intends to create an Interregional Technology Transfer Center in the Southern Province of Zambia.

– Over the past few years, DSTU has significantly expanded the list of international contacts: the Don Institute STU-DSTU in China, joint study programmes in Uzbekistan's universities. We appreciate interest from foreign citizens and companies in our study programmes, – said DSTU Rector Besarion Meskhi. – Every year, the number of students entering DSTU from African countries is growing by 15-18%. Our foreign partners are interested in implementing joint educational and scientific projects. In the near future, when the epidemiological situation becomes favorable, we plan to make a return visit to Zambia and finally resolve all questions related to the launch of new sites.

DSTU Rector also noted that the program of interaction between the university and Zambia will be presented at the international forum "Russia-Africa: education-cooperation-innovation", which will be attended by parliamentarians from Africa and Russia, representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, management of leading educational institutions, enterprises and companies in Russia and Africa. The forum will be dedicated to the search for new forms of cooperation in the creation and development of human capital for the economies of African countries, the implementation of joint degree programs, and discussion of relevant effective cooperation tools.