Spain, Kazakhstan Strengthen Academic, Research Ties

MADRID - Spain and Kazakhstan announced on Thursday an agreement to strengthen academic relations between the two countries during the First Spanish-Kazakh University Rector Forum.

The agreement is part an effort by both countries to boost cooperation on several fronts, explained Kazakhstan's ambassador to Spain, Bakyt Dyussenbayev.

"Spain is a great strategic ally so we try to develop all possible relations in all areas," Dyussenbayev said.

"Higher education guarantees academic training for future generations," the Kazakh ambassador said, adding that he expects the agreement reached Thursday will produce "great results."

Spain's Secretary General of Universities, Jorge Sainz Gonzalez, said agreements like the one reached between the southern European country and the Central Asian nation "are necessary in a globally interconnected world."

"It is necessary to promote study and research at public universities," he said.

The Forum aims to contribute to a greater internationalization of the university system and to promote abroad the educational and research projects offered by both states, according to the forum's organizer, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE), a government body under the Education Ministry.

The forum, held at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, was attended by 36 Kazakh University rectors and 57 representatives from Spanish universities.