Central Asian guests welcomed with flavours of Sweden
Herring, rye bread and gravlax where three typically Swedish products that were on the table when the staff delegation from Central Asia arrived at the University of Borås. For just under two weeks, the nine people involved in the TOSCA project are doing administrative staff training at the university.
Nine people from Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan mingled with representatives of the University of Borås.
The delegation was greeted by development director Staffan Lööf.
“You are very welcome to the university, and we hope that we will be able to meet your expectations during your stay.”
Guests were treated to a buffet full of typically Swedish flavours. They ventured to try most of what was offered.
During the mingle, the participants were given the chance to share experiences with each other.
Olessya Bogun, director of international cooperation at the Kazakhstan State University, mingles with Agneta Welin Mod, international coordinator at the School of Education and Behavioural Sciences.
“So far, the visit to Borås has been good, the introduction has been rewarding. I hope to bring back new experiences to implement, among administrative staff as well as teachers at the university back home. The Kazakhstan State University is always open to guest professors and other forms of exchange, and I hope that we will be able to create fruitful cooperation between our seats of learning in the future.”
“Three students from my university are coming to the University of Borås this autumn and I am convinced that they will enjoy their stay here. The fact that everybody here in Sweden speaks English is an advantage and will make it easier for the students to acclimatise. The experiences they gain here will help them later in life.”
“I didn’t know a whole lot about Sweden before coming here, but my first impression is that everyone is welcoming and open-hearted. The surroundings remind me of Kazakhstan, with mountains, forests and green areas.”
Feruz Akobirov, assistant of international relations at the Bukhara State University in Uzbekistan, says “I look forward to spending time here and learning more about the University of Borås. I am interested in seeing how our students are staying when they come here. I hope that our students will be as glad to come here as we are to be here now. My impression of Borås so far is that it is a calm and clean place.”