China and Kazakhstan universities sign agricultural cooperation contract

By Liao Yuan ( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2013-12-17

China and Kazakhstan universities sign agricultural cooperation contract

Representatives from Xinjiang Agricultural University and Kazakhstan’s Severin Agricultural and Technical University sign a cooperation contract. (Photo/Chinanews.com)

Representatives from Xinjiang Agricultural University and Kazakhstan’s Severin Agricultural and Technical University signed a contract in the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Dec 10, establishing a partnership in agricultural machinery, irrigation, crop cultivation and other fields.

The two sides plan to build a joint lab and a modern agricultural science and technology innovation center in Xinjiang.

Akl Buick, president of Severin Agricultural and Technical University, commented that the climates in Southeast Kazakhstan and Xinjiang are similar due to their close proximity. Thus, crop species cultivated from the joint lab can grow in both regions.

Xinjiang Agricultural University has launched a number of cooperative programs, including short-term academic training, Chinese language promotion and overseas education, with Severin Agricultural and Technical University since 2008.

The Kazakhstan - China Science and Education Center was set up in Severin Agricultural and Technical University in June 2010.

Luo Qiujiang, president of Xinjiang Agricultural University, said that the contract also covers mechanical engineering, veterinary medicine and IT projects.

Since agriculture is a vital industry in Xinjiang, the local government has plans to cooperate with more research institutes, universities and enterprises in Kazakhstan, especially in the areas of modern agriculture mechanization, clean-energy application, water-conservation irrigation technologies and veterinary medicine.

Edited by Michael Thai