Dr Vathi Papu-Zamxaka (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement, TUT) and Dr Marta Mendel (Vice-Rector: International Cooperation, Warsaw University of Life Sciences) at the ceremonial signing.
TUT and SGGW are already successfully collaborating as part of the Erasmus+ programme, which has to date seen the exchange of nine students and nine staff members from the Faculty of Science.
“Both universities have benefited from the exchange of, not only staff and students, but also from the exchange of ideas in digital agriculture and nanotechnology. We are now exploring additional opportunities that we believe will enrich our academic networks. This will assist us in preparing our students for the future of work and enable us to conduct impactful, mutually beneficial research,” said Dr Vathi Papu-Zamxaka, TUT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement during a recent ceremonial signing ceremony.
Dr Papu-Zamxaka also emphasised the critical role universities play in responding to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular in relation to climate action.
This sentiment was echoed by Dr Marta Mendel, Vice-Rector: International Cooperation at SGGW. “Due to current European Union regulations, the green economy is topical and research collaboration focusing on renewable energies and green transformation would, therefore, be beneficial”. She also highlighted the importance of trans-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary approaches to solving climate challenges in the world.
New areas of collaboration to be considered include joint research projects, co-hosting of postdoctoral fellows, joint supervision of postgraduate students, joint masters and doctoral programmes, as well as consecutive qualifications.