On 17th June, a meeting took place in the main building of Voronezh State University between the university management headed by Rector Prof. Dmitry Endovitsky and a delegation from the Republic of Austria including Burgomaster Gerald Hauser (a member of the National Council (Parliament) of the Republic of Austria from East Tyrol) and Irina Dshajani (Director General of Progress IV Management GmbH). One of the aims of the delegation's familiarization visit to the Voronezh region was to conduct negotiations regarding potential areas of cooperation.
– “Voronezh State University is constantly open to new partnerships. Our university is known for its schools of thought in physics, nanotechnologies, and bioengineering”, noted Prof. Endovitsky. – “We tend to focus on the quality of education, promoting our university in various international projects, as well as on extensive research. We realize that it is our students' level of ability that is the key factor in determining our university's success. There are Voronezh State University graduates employed in almost all countries of the world. I would also like to point out that we have a great deal of experience in the area of double degree programme implementation, in collaboration with French, Austrian, and American universities. VSU is taking major steps to develop online education, which is undoubtedly one of the major trends in global education nowadays”.
– “I would like to offer my congratulations to Voronezh State University for its successful development. It is renowned both in Europe and globally. It is a great pleasure for me to be visiting such a vibrant university with so many students and such a strong tradition in natural science. There is a definite need for us to organize collaboration in student and staff exchange, and also share our best practices with each other”, stressed Gerald Hauser.
– “One of the most pressing challenges in international cooperation is currently a lack of staff involvement in the production sector, of real field experience. This will require our joint efforts to address this issue. Our company is involved in a number of interesting projects with Russian universities, and we should start a similar collaboration with Voronezh State University as well”, said Irina Dshajani.
After that, the Austrian delegation visited the organic chemistry laboratory, which had been set up in accordance with the Government decree No. 218 on creating technology intensive facilities in collaboration with the EFKO company. Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry Prof. Khidmet Shikhaliev talked about the main lines of work of the Department's scholars. The project is essentially aimed at a higher-level processing of plant oils into chemical products, such as detergents and cosmetic products. Nowadays, cosmetic products globally, are undergoing a trend of shifting from using chemical agents to natural ones – the so-called Green Chemistry line. A current project is aimed at developing the technologies of herbal substance production.