On September 5-10 in order to develop Swedish-Ukrainian educational and scientific cooperation the KNUTE official visit to the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (hereinafter referred to as KTH) took place. The delegation of Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics consisted of:
- Anatolii Mazaraki – Professor, Rector,
- Nataliia Prytulska – Professor, First Vice-Rector,
- Taras Karavayev – Professor of Commodity Science and Customs Affairs Department.
The visit was aimed at finding and discussing the new areas of cooperation between KNUTE and KTH and took place within the joint project “Innovative composite materials based on the biopolymers and mineral fillers” (hereinafter – the Project), funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education – STINT.
KNUTE scientists acquainted with the campus, the main structural subdivisions, laboratories and other facilities of KTH as the largest technical university in Sweden. They studied the experience of innovative structural units and research centers of KTH.
During the meeting with the head of the International Relations Office of KTH Victor Kordas, the specifics of foreign students' education, conditions of stay at the university and exchange programs were discussed.
Employees of the Green House labs acquainted KNUTE scientists with the stages of implementation and operation of the KTH system of environmental assistance in accordance with ISO 14000 standards, environmental research, interaction with environmentally-friendly companies.
Specialists of the Innovation Center outlined in detail the areas of KTH innovation activity, the system of support for students’ startup: from stimulating the creation, providing assistance in realizing the project, implementing results and their commercialization. The best developments implemented by leading Swedish companies were presented. A tour of the Innovation Center revealed the features of the technical conditions to support student business-oriented activities.
During the acquaintance with the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, Treesearch Center various types of high-tech equipment for scientific research, installation of complex related systems to ensure their smooth operation were presented. KNUTE scientists have received a lot of new information and experience about their activities, peculiarities of funding, material and technical supporting and other aspects.
Meeting at the higher management level of both universities between Anatolii Mazaraki – Rector of KNUTE, and Mikael Lindström – Professor, Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health of KTH became an important part of the visit.
Mikael Lindström highlighted the basic information about KTH, its place in the world rankings, structure, the number of students, famous graduates, effective relations with leading experts and companies, and other important information about KTH. The activities and research of the School of Engineering in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, which he heads, were distinctly emphasized. Olena Sevastyanova the leading scientist of the School, Associate Professor of the Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology department, Project Coordinator from KTH described more detail research and development in the field of cellulose, lignin and other biopolymers. The meeting was joined via Zoom by Francisco Domingo, KTH Head of the research in Food Science and Technology. He described the ways in which they address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and development prospects.
Anatolii Mazaraki presented general information about KNUTE, its structure, campus, faculties, number of students and staff, forms of cooperation with partners of educational programs. Taras Karavayev focused on scientific developments and areas of research carried out in the field of technical sciences at the Faculty of Trade and Marketing, which can be interesting to implement together with KTH scientists. These areas include textiles, cellulose packaging materials, varnishes and paints etc. Nataliia Prytulska outlined the achievements of KNUTE scientists in food science and technology.
During the meetings and discussions, both parties agreed on potential cooperation in two global areas: Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Food Science. The last mentioned direction has been thoroughly investigated by KNUTE scientists and is actively developing within the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health of KTH. Therefore it aroused special interest among representatives of both universities. It was proposed to create a joint research and educational center with the working title Ukrainian-Swedish Center of Food Science and Technology, which is supported by both parties.
The main outcome of the meeting was the agreement of the both university heads to sign a framework agreement on cooperation to develop close multi-vector cooperation between KNUTE and KTH, as well as a separate agreement to establish the mentioned above Center. This is an important result of the visit of the KNUTE delegation headed by Rector A. Mazaraki to Sweden, which opens new opportunities for potential cooperation in scientific and educational areas with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, as Sweden's largest HEE in this field.