Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture team visits the Royal Agricultural University

A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture in Uzbekistan visited the Royal Agricultural University with a view of collaborating with the RAU to develop the curriculum for a new International Agriculture University (IAU) in Uzbekistan.

Professor Munira Aminova, Project Leader for IAU, and Alan France, adviser to the Uzbekistan Minister of Agriculture, met with senior staff at the RAU including Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Ravenscroft, Steve Finch, Head of International Programs, and Finance Director Simon Costa.

Professor Ravenscroft said: “Following initial discussions earlier in the year, they are visiting today to have a look around and see if we fit the bill to be their partner in Uzbekistan’s new agricultural university. For much of its history, the RAU has sought to collaborate with agricultural experts globally to ensure that students receive a world-class education that is both international in outlook and local in relevance and applicability.

“Our developing relationship with the Ministry of Agriculture in Uzbekistan continues this tradition – ensuring that students at the new International Agriculture University will receive the best of both worlds.”

As well as meeting both lecturers and students, the visitors were given a tour of the campus and shown the University’s agri-tech incubator Farm491. There was also a demonstration of the RAU’s new Virtual Learning Environment and blended approach to module delivery which has already been used successfully in teaching RAU students at partner universities in China.

“The Uzbek Government has committed to embark on an ambitious process to transform its agriculture sector into a competitive, market and export-oriented sector. The Government has also committed to introducing measures to enhance food security and ensure sustainability of agri-food ecosystem from farm-to-fork, within a general umbrella of Agriculture Support and Knowledge facility."

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