20.05.2014 - 15.05.2014 | Moscow

Third Franco-Russian Forum on Agricultural Training and Science

On 20th and 21st May 2014, the Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy hosted the Third Franco-Russian Forum on Agricultural Training and Science. This event was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Petrikov, and by the French ambassador in Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert.

The conference was attended by a large number of participants. This included 11 higher education institutions from France, represented by vice-principals for international relations and by researchers, 26 Russian universities, represented by principals and vice-principals for international relations, one higher education institution from Belarus, as well as two representatives from the French Department of Agriculture and numerous Russian technical institutes.

impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation
Impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation

This joint conference, which is already the third in the series, set itself the following two objectives:

  • Firstly, to provide academics and experts working in the same areas of research – development of rural areas, eco-engineering, biotechnologies, food safety and others – with the opportunity to meet;
  • Secondly, to arrange as many meetings as possible between higher education institutions in Russia and France, as well as between institutions and companies, offering them the chance to develop cooperation in the area of funding academic mobility programmes and joint scientific research (student and scientific exchange programmes, joint degree programmes, support for the teaching of French, launch of scholarship programmes and new European programmes, such as Erasmus+, Knowledge Alliances, Capacity Building etc.).

Therefore, proceedings at the Third Franco-Russian Forum on agricultural training and science were focused in particular on establishing and strengthening contacts with French companies represented in Russia that are interested in cooperating with students at agricultural education institutions in Russia as trainees or future employees. There were discussions in particular about the possibility of schemes for arranging co-financing of projects, with the support of the French Embassy in Russia. These proposals were addressed in particular to companies involved in dairy production (Bongrain, Danone, Lactalis), cereal production (Soufflet, Maïsadour), vegetables (Bonduelle) and agricultural technology (Kuhn).

impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation
Impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation

Thanks to these meetings, the institutions successfully laid the foundations for new cooperation agreements on a bilateral basis or as part of the Erasmus+ network. Some of these agreements may be converted, in the future, into agreements for joint degree programmes.  Some of the new, interested partners include those higher education institutions in France which are already cooperating with Russia (Schools of Agricultural Studies in Angers and Dijon, to name a few), and universities which are only beginning their acquaintance with Russian academia (AgroParisTech, Montpellier School of Agricultural Studies and others).

During the round table discussion about the development of rural territories, the subject of educational programmes for developing tourism in rural areas was raised. This included educational programmes for farmers and managers, and university programmes (cooperation projects between Tambov State University and the universities in Orléans and Troyes in the areas of ecology and tourist heritage).

impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation
Impression from the conference | © Embassy of France in the Russian Federation

During the scientific part, the potential for Franco-Russian scientific cooperation was discussed, both on a bilateral basis or based on multilateral European cooperation. One of the most current issues nowadays is cooperation on the use of IT in the operational processing of numerous agricultural indicators (temperature, level of precipitation, soil composition etc.).

The participants were greatly interested in bilateral meetings, with 65 meetings being held between universities and companies and more than 50 meetings between French and Russian higher education institutions.

Contact

Stéphan Lewandowski
Coordinator of Academic Cooperation
Embassy of France in the Russian Federation
Stephan.Lewandowski@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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