The inspection was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investments of the Republic of Cuba Ricardo Cabrisas, the Minister of Health of Cuba Jose Miranda, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Gerardo Portal, the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic. from Cuba to the Russian Federation Julio Garmendia Peña, president of BioCubaPharma Eduardo Diaz. The Russian side was represented by Elena Shmeleva, chairwoman of the Sirius Federal Territory Council, and Lilia Kiryanova, acting rector of NTU Sirius.
The presented laboratory complex allows solving problems related to the use of genetic technologies in the pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural fields. The entire infrastructure being created is integrated into educational programs for the training of young talents in strategic areas for Russia. Thanks to the opportunity to work on modern equipment and participate in world-class projects, students and doctoral students master the skills most in demand in their future professional activities.
Promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Cuba are joint scientific research and educational programs. This concerns, first of all, cooperation in the field of biomedicine and biopharmaceuticals, in which Cuba traditionally occupies a leading position. The organization of research on food and biological safety, the development of new varieties of agricultural plants and integrated technologies for the tasks of Cuban agriculture are also important for the Russian and Cuban sides. The formation of joint scientific groups of Cuban and Russian specialists working within the framework of a common research program will make it possible to mutually enrich the science of the two countries and to obtain practically significant and important results for the economies of the two countries.
Sirius University is also interested in creating an online educational program and the possibility for students to do internships in biopharmaceutical companies in Cuba.
Within the framework of their visit to the University, the Cuban colleagues were invited to consider the possibility of cooperation between NTU “Sirius” and the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Foodstuffs of the University of Havana, the Faculty of Chemistry – Pharmacy of the University of Las Villas, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oriente and the University of Medical Sciences of Pinar del Rio.
Manuel Marrero Cruz said he was impressed by the laboratory. He noted that Cuba is ready to conclude agreements in this field: “The most reliable investment is an investment in science, scientists. It is necessary to invest in the production of equipment. We have personnel potential for the development of our cooperation in the interests of the well-being of Russia and Cuba.”
In September last year, the first stage of the creation of a laboratory complex of the Scientific and Technological University “Sirius”, designed for research in the field of life sciences, was completed. The total area of the first stage of the laboratory complex is 7.5 thousand square meters. Currently, the design of the second phase of the complex is underway, it will include more than 100 laboratory facilities.
During the visit of the Russian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko to Cuba in May 2023, the possibility of implementing investment projects in the field of tourism in the Republic, in particular the construction of hotel complexes , as well as the modernization and management of existing infrastructures, was discussed. In Sochi, the Cuban side was presented with the tourist potential of the Russian resort Krasnaya Polyana. The station is a legacy of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which is efficiently managed and used to this day.
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