International News: TU Bergakademie Freiberg Strengthens University Cooperation in Central Asia
Navoi in southern Uzbekistan is a mining centre of global significance. Located in the Kyzylkum desert, Navoi's mining and smelting collective boasts a production of gold that is worth about five billion US dollars annually. Silver and rare earth elements are among the by-products of this process. The region also produces significant quantities of uranium and phosphate ore. Copper and coal are also mined in Uzbekistan, while natural gas is a significant source of energy.
With its faculties of mining, metallurgy and chemical technology, the Navoi Mining Institute trains professionals for the region's raw materials sector.
The first international conference on the development of the Zarafshan region was held in Navoi on the 26 and 27 October at the suggestion of the Uzbek President, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Professor of Mining Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt took the opportunity to present the expertise of TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the fields of geology, geotechnology and mineral processing. Prof. Kuvandyk Sanakulov, Rector and Director General of the Navoi Mining Collective, joined Prof. Drebenstedt in discussing the universities mutual interests in greater depth. A cooperation agreement provides for the intensification of cooperation in teaching and research between the two institutions.
Prof. Drebenstedt said that his expectations were exceeded during the visit. “The new campus – which was only commissioned last year – and the proximity to practical training and innovative technologies create excellent conditions for training,” he said.
The international conference was attended by participants from approx. 20 countries, including the USA, Canada, Italy, Great Britain and Austria. In addition to the scientific exchange, a tour was organized to the technology park in Navoi, where potential investors discovered excellent conditions for investment.
Since the country's independence in 1991, a small but consistent stream of students from Uzbekistan has come to Freiberg to study and conduct research. Prof. Drebenstedt's contacts with the Central Asian country have existed since 2002. Currently, two students from Uzbekistan are enrolled at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt, Tel.: +49 (0)3731 39-3373