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Belarusian university BSTU presents its scientific, innovation capabilities in Israel

Society 18.04.2019 | 17:58
Vladimir Skvortsov, Nili Shalev, Igor Voitov and Aleksandr Tsyganov
Vladimir Skvortsov, Nili Shalev, Igor Voitov and Aleksandr Tsyganov

MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) - The Belarusian State Technological University (BSTU) made a large-scale presentation of its capabilities in science, technology and innovation in Israel, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Israel.

A three-day visit of the BSTU Rector Igor Voitov and First Vice Rector Aleksandr Tsyganov began with the talks with Nili Shalev, Director General of the Israel-EU R&D Directorate at the Israel Innovation Authority.

Igor Voitov briefed Nili Shalev on the main lines of activity of the BSTU, noting that the university is a recognized leader in the CIS in timber, chemical and printing industries. The university maintains international relations with many foreign institutions, including in the form of academic exchanges, joint research, international conferences, joint educational programs.

The parties talked about research and innovative projects in Israel and Belarus, discussed prospects for joint activities. Tentative agreements were reached to develop cooperation proposals on thematic seminars, exchange of visits of scientists in the priority areas, and possible joint participation in international projects, including in Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and innovation.

Belarusian Ambassador to Israel Vladimir Skvortsov, who was present at the meeting, highlighted that bilateral cooperation in research intensified in 2018 on the back of a memorandum of understanding signed between relevant departments of the two countries. “The main mission of the document was to establish new contacts between academic institutions of Belarus and Israel, to promote cooperation in high technology with a focus on the IT industry and to assist participation in conferences and seminars held in the partner country,” the diplomat said.

The Belarusian delegation met with Rector of the Holon Institute of Technology Eduard Yakubov to discuss the promising areas of inter-university cooperation and sign an agreement on cooperation.

The Belarusian delegation also visited Tel Aviv University. In CAPSULA smart mobility division Igor Voitov and Aleksandr Tsyganov got familiar with eco-friendly transport projects of Israeli IT companies.

The Belarusian representatives met with director of the international cooperation center MASHAV at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Suzana Ghai to talk over possible areas of cooperation to enhance qualifications of specialists.

Igor Voitov and Aleksandr Tsyganov paid a visit to the Israeli center Start-Up Nation Central to reach agreements to distribute Belarus' proposals on cooperation in the IT sector among members of the organization.

The BSTU representatives and the Belarusian ambassador also attended the events organized by the Jewish national fund Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. The Eshtaol tree nursery, which produces thousands of plants and is home to a so-called presidential forest, played host to a working meeting with heads of different departments of the fund.

The parties discussed the prospects of academic cooperation in environment and forestry. The Belarusian representatives were invited to plant trees on the Holy Land. Igor Voitov noted that, despite absolutely different climates, Belarus and Israel have great opportunities for fruitful cooperation and the exchange of the best forestry practices.

The Jewish national fund Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael is one of the world's biggest environmental organizations. Founded 118 years ago, the organization has a wealth of experience and is ready to share it with any stakeholder free of charge.

Photo courtesy of the Belarusian embassy in Israel

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