Cooperation with the University of Baku

podpisanie umowy z Uniwersytetem w Baku

Five years of partnership cooperation in the fields of research, science and education between the University of Gdansk and Azerbaijan State University of Petroleum and Industry provides an agreement concluded between the authorities of the universities.

The agreement on partnership cooperation was signed by the authorities of UG with Azerbaijan State University of Petroleum and Industry (Azərbaycan Dövlət Neft və Sənaye Universitetində). On behalf of our University, the Rector prof. dr. hab. Piotr Stepnowski signed the agreement, and on the part of the University in Baku - Rector prof. Mustafa Babanli.

Azerbaijan University was established in 1887. Currently, 16 thousand students study there. It has a highly developed international scientific and teaching cooperation with more than 150 universities from all over the world, especially in the areas of Chemical Engineering/Physical Chemistry, Geosciences, Computer Science, International Business, Economy and Business Management. It runs several 'double diploma' MBA programmes including with the USA (Georgia State University), Germany (Siegen University), Malaysia (University of Technology), South Korea (Korea Maritime and Ocean University). In partnership with the University of Strasbourg and the University of Rennes-1, it has created The French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ).

The signed cooperation agreement is to create new opportunities for exchange and mobility of students and academic staff, organisation of scientific internships and summer schools. It is also an opportunity for joint research projects, training, conferences and seminars. Since Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) is a member of the ERASMUS + programme, this is an opportunity to jointly submit an application in the future competition: Mobility of students and university staff between programme countries and partner countries, KA107.

Let us remind you that UG implements nearly 200 bilateral cooperation agreements with scientific and research centres from all over the world. These are institutions and universities both from Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain or Sweden), Africa (e.g. South Africa, Libya, Egypt), North and South America (e.g. USA and Argentina or Ecuador), as well as the Asian continent. The project has been developed with the help of the European (Italy, Spain, Sweden), African (South Africa, Libya, Egypt), North and South America (USA, Argentina, Ecuador) and Asian (China, Japan, India) countries. Thanks to the established contacts, both scientific and didactic cooperation is carried out worldwide.

- 'Thanks to the cooperation of UG scientists with foreign centres joint research is conducted and scientific publications in international magazines are published,' - explains dr hab. Anna Jurkowska-Zeidler, prof. UG, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation of UG. The Vice-Rector also emphasises that it enables the preparation of joint conferences and symposia, the exchange of academic staff and the exchange of best practices, which provides new experiences and improves teaching competencies.

We should also add that the academic exchange allows our students to realise part of the course of studies at renowned foreign universities, and it also gives us the opportunity to host students from partner universities at the UG every year. - 'Last year, students from partner universities in China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the USA studied at our university. This is an extremely valuable experience both for foreign students and for the UG students and staff, who gain new intercultural competencies,' - convinces the Vice-Rector.

It is worth mentioning that in the last two months bilateral agreements on cooperation between the University of Gdańsk and universities in Montenegro, Sweden, Lithuania and Slovakia were signed.

Ewa Cichocka/Press Office of University of Gdańsk