EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW. Artūras Razbadauskas: Nobel Prizes go to the Work of Talented Scientists


The conversation about cooperation between different countries and cultures, as well as synergy of business and art that we’ve been so positively engaged with Viktor Temirbayev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Lithuania, continues with Dr Artūras RAZBADAUSKAS, Rector of Klaipėda University.
And our doing so is no coincidence. On 8–18 November a delegation from Klaipėda University will visit Kazakhstan and participate at an international science fair, which takes place at least in four cities of Kazakhstan.

Professor, what mission does the university’s delegation bring on the Silk Road to the far-away steppe land?
Students, studying at Klaipėda University, come from 20 foreign countries. We seek to continue increasing the internationality of our university and hope to have about 20 per cent of foreign students enrolled in the near future.
Currently we see the greatest potential and a market of talented students in our Eastern partners. Kazakhstan is one of them.
We have been cooperating with its universities since 2010 and can feel a constant interest with medical master’s and doctoral students, coming to us for short studies or internship.

Does Klaipėda University look for the future students in other countries as well or is cooperation with Kazakhstan’s science and business community special?
There are about 600 young people from abroad, who have expressed their intentions to study at Klaipėda University this year alone. This shows that the study quality that we can offer is highly valued.
Klaipėda University has been included into the list of acknowledged and significant universities, compiled by Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Science and Education and used by school graduates and scientists going to study abroad.
Cooperation with Kazakhstan has particularly increased this spring, when we were invited to participate at the university tour for Kazakhstan’s pupils, organised by Bolashak Scholarship Programme of the President of Kazakhstan.
We are also ready for the science fair, which will take place in November in as many as 4 cities: Astana, Atyrau, Shymkent and Almata. The events feature not only the fair, but also meetings with representatives from universities and the Ministry of Science and Education.
I have to note that we are also taking great steps in cooperation with Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. We have partners in China as well. Our experts have recently had a visit there. They met our potential students and representatives of Chinese universities.
Currently we are putting great effort in cooperation with Ukraine and establishment of the national curatorium. We will also participate at the study fair, which will take place in Ukraine at the same time as in Kazakhstan.

What opportunities can Klaipėda University offer to the future students?
We’ve established 7 scholarships for pupils, coming to study at Klaipėda University from our Eastern partners. Thus, whoever gets a scholarship, can study at our university for free.
We also offer a wide range of majors and can proudly say that other universities don’t even have them, for example, Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Engineering or Maritime Transport Logistics. At the Faculty of Health Sciences we offer majors in e-tourism, wellness tourism, radiology, biomedical engineering, additional and alternative medicine, recreation and tourism.

As far as we know, your medical experience is beyond merely theory. You are a frequent guest in Kazakhstan.
My visits in Kazakhstan include two activities: teaching as a university professor and as a practising surgeon. I am the President of the Association of Lithuanian Surgeons, thus the Kazakh National Medical University has been inviting me to share my experience for many years. I am also an advisor for 5 doctoral students, while the Senior Surgeon of Aktobe was also my pupil.

Our magazine has always been interested in cooperation and combining different activities. JŪRA MOPE SEA has also been implementing the project of the Synergy of Business, Science and Art for many years, actively participated by Klaipėda University as well. What is your opinion of such synergy opportunities between Lithuania and Kazakhstan, and what new ideas would you like to implement on the basis of such cooperation?
My attitude towards these opportunities is positive and I think that they could be useful not only in developing joint study programmes together with Kazakhstan’s universities, but also implementing joint scientific projects and researches.

In your opinion, what direction will Klaipėda University turn to in the future?
This year we’ve opened the Marine Research Institute, featuring high-end laboratories. We will implement projects that will help to become a strong maritime university and a strong partner both in terms of studies and scientific projects. Klaipėda University is determined to become a leader of high education in the Baltic Sea region.
Buildings and lab equipment won’t earn a Nobel. Such awards go to the work of people. Thus we’ll continue to gather the team of talented scientists and the strengthening scientific potential will undoubtedly strengthen and improve the quality of the studies.

Thank you for the conversation.

Interviewed by Zita Tallat-Kelpšaitė


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