On 01-05 March 2022, “AgroDev” project held a combined workshop on content and management related issues in Samarkand Branch of Tashkent State Economic University. The project is in implementation with the financial support of European Union ERASMUS+ programme. The workshop was attended by higher education institutions from the European Union – Latvian University of Applied Sciences and Technology – Latvia, Hugo Kollontai Agricultural University in Krakow – Poland, and the University of Applied Sciences and Technology in Vilnius – Poland, Linnaeus University – Sweden, Hilfswerk International – Austria, Kyrgyz partner Universities: Kyrgyz National Agrarian University named after K.I. Skryabin, Naryn State University named after S. Naamatov, and Uzbek universities: Tashkent State Agrarian University and Samarkand branch of Tashkent State Economic University.
The five-day international seminar discussed best practices of the AgroDev project in moving from theory to practice in agricultural higher education, supporting student-centred education and student placement.
Presentations of the achievements and experiences in developing modernized teaching materials in the project disciplines were given by the partner universities on the first day of the workshop. In addition, the workshop of teaching pedagogical skills and the application of new skills and knowledge in the teaching process were led with Professor Fritz Heiko of Linnaeus University.
Discussions were held with European partners on the topic of modernization in the project’s curriculum on the second day. In particular, Prof. Fritz Hejko from Länneus University, Sweden, Prof. Maciej Jovaniak from Cracow University of Agriculture, Poland and Prof. Anita Blia from the Latvian University of Science and Technology made suggestions and recommendations on the content of the subjects. The workshop on modernization and curriculum development continued, where the next steps to be taken by each partner university in curriculum development were identified. The afternoon included visits to “Pure Milk” LLC, one of the dairy companies that has introduced global agricultural practices and sustainable agribusiness management systems, and to the Samarkand branch of Tashkent State Agrarian University.
Workshop on adoption of the quality assurance methodology (criteria, indicators, tools and mechanisms for measuring quality) and adopting the curriculum for use in the involved partner universities and testing the upgraded content were hold on the third day. The workshop was led by the Professor A. Blija of the Latvian University of Applied Sciences and Technology. Afterwards participants of the seminar visited vegetable food producer Ltd. “Meva-Marokand farm” that implements global agricultural practices and sustainable management system in agribusiness (global GAP). Discussions were held between universities and representatives of the company on training and educational needs.
A project management meeting took place on the fourth day of the workshop. Under the leadership of the project manager Irina Kulitane, the project results sustainability plan was discussed, the progress with the procurement of the equipment and literature clarified, the development of the agendas for study visits to EU partner countries and other issues had been discussed. Possible dates of the study visits and field training to the partner universities, the content and time scale of the master classes were discussed. On the last day partners hold bilateral meetings.
Participants were presented with souvenirs and certificates at the end of the international event.