The World Bank funded project was launched in October 2019 together with Upsala University and Kulob State University in Tajikistan.
RTU participates in the project with it’s expertise in order to help in the modernisation process of Kulob State University’s laboratories and study process in general.
In January, 2020 project partner meeting was held in Kulob city,Tajikistan, where Head of the International Project Unit of RTU, Kārlis Valtiņš also took part as an expert from RTU. Services provided in the meeting consisted of consultations on curriculum development, laboratory modelling, international accreditation and teacher training. During the session, current situation in Tajik, Khatlon region and KulSU was elaborated for EU experts to better understand the local specifics in order to have adequate understanding about the curriculum development cycle, local legislation and higher education setting. Discussions about the new study programme in Biotechnologies were initiated and also a first draft model of laboratory was elaborated to facilitate all the learning and scientific needs.Session, dedicated to the main principles of bologna process (including ECTS, recognition, structure of the studies and study programmes), was held for three KulSU teachers that will potentially be teaching in the newly developed Biotechnology programme. Also examples from RTU were shown in the study programmes of Chemistry and engineering, transversal subjects where observed, biotech related subjects marked for review and overall structure of the study programme analysed.
In teacher training session expert from RTU introduced Tajik participants with the possible online courses at the COURSERA platform to obtain additional knowledge.
The project will run until April 2021 and by then all the project partners will be continuously working on the development and international accreditation of the new Biotechnology study program in Kulob State University.