Samarkand State Architecture and Construction University will initiate mobility of teachers, researchers and students, as well as joint training and research projects with the University of Debrecen, according to an agreement signed on Thursday by the rectors of the two institutions. Cigdem Turkyilmaz also visited the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Economics.

This was the first time the Rector of Samarkand State Architecture and Construction University, Cigdem Turkyilmaz, has visited the University of Debrecen. During his meeting with Rector Zoltán Szilvássy and the Director of Coordination and Strategy, Oksana Kiszil, he presented the principles of the transformation of the Uzbek institution, which started two and a half years ago, and the planned cooperation with the University of Debrecen.

- We have contacts with Spanish, German and Croatian universities in Europe, and we are also working with Chinese partners, mainly in the field of robotics.We wish to cooperate with the University of Debrecen, to start exchange programmes for teachers, researchers and students, joint training and research projects," said Cigdem Turkyilmaz.

The University of Debrecen currently has 44 Uzbek students, a number that has doubled since the last annual statistics. Most of them have chosen to study at the Faculty of Informatics, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, while three are pursuing doctoral studies.

Regarding the possible collaborations, Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the institution, highlighted the importance of the projects launched in the four-helix innovation structure, planned with research harmonisation, and the opportunities they offer.

- There are several fields of research in which Samarkand State Architecture and Construction University could be involved, for example in the pharmaceutical and agricultural fields," said Zoltán Szilvássy.

In time, the Uzbek head of the institution also wishes to expand the scope of cooperation to include medical sciences, as Samarkand State Architecture and Construction University is also planning to launch a medical faculty.

After the meeting in the Main Building, Cigdem Turkyilmaz visited the Faculty of Technology, UD, where he had talks with the faculty's heads and visited several laboratories. The visit ended at the Faculty of Economics, where the Rector attended a lecture and met with the Dean's administration.

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