Governor of Free-State, SAR: «The best investment in the future is investment in education»

Governor of Free-State, SAR: «The best investment in the future is investment in education»

3 October, an official delegation of Free State, South African Republic headed by Governor Dr. Elias Sekgobelo Magashule visited RUDN.

Members of the delegation met RUDN Rector and students and visited Mission Control Center, Medical Institute simulation center and labs of the Agrarian and Technological Institute.

South African Republic student association is one of the TOP-5 largest RUDN associations with 139 people. 65 – future medical doctors, 51 – veterinary doctors and agronomists, others studying languages and international relations. Such ratio is explained by the staff policy of the state. «Free State is known as SAR food basket. So besides agronomists we need vet doctors, agro-engineers and agro-entrepreneurs who will give food to the whole state, country and the world. We also need good pharmacists and medical doctors, especially cardiologists and neurologists», said Governor Dr. Elias Sekgobelo Magashule.

RUDN Rector Vladimir Filippov noted the importance of developing cooperation. He suggested paying more attention to RUDN Master and postdoc programs and added that Bachelor students could undergo internship in SAR clinics and agro-holdings. He also called for cooperation in BRICS academic and research projects. Governor invited Mr.Filippov to visit Free State and choose the best practice bases and discuss exchange of academics, in particular experts in mathematics and IT. Another challenging issue is research in pharmaceutics to make new vaccines to prevent diseases.

SAR delegation met Directors of the Engineering Academy, Medical Institute and Agrarian and Technological Institute. In the Mission Control Center the guests learnt about satellites, which prevent floods and increase soil productivity. In the Medical Institute they visited the classroom of virtual dentistry and pharmaceutical production, in the Agrarian and Technological  - labs of plant microcloning and a greenhouse on the roof.

At the end of the visit RUDN students from the South African Republic gave a concert. The parties signed a protocol of intentions to further develop relations.

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