Today, 10 laboratories for practical horticultural courses were renovated and re-equipped according to modern standards. The inauguration was carried out within the Department of Food Technology of the Faculty of Food Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport, as part of the “Livada Moldovei” project, supported by the European Union through the European Investment Bank. The beneficiaries of the investments worth 2 million euros are over 1000 TUM students, who will have the opportunity to do research and experiments in the field of food quality with the aid of new modern laboratory equipment and chemical reagents required for research activities.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Viorel GHERCIU, the head of the Office of the European Investment Bank in the Republic of Moldova, Alberto CARLEI, and the Deputy Head for Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Gintautas BARANAUSKAS.
“The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to support and attract investments in the sector, will encourage the modernization of the universities in the field, and will fully facilitate the implementation of modern technologies and innovations in the sector. You, the young generation, have the mission to ensure the successful implementation of new technologies while applying the knowledge you obtain in practice”, said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Viorel GHERCIU.
Within the same investment project, the building of the Faculty of Food Technology was thermally insulated by installing double-glazed windows on an area of 1600 sq. m. and thermal insulation of the walls on an area of 3100 sq. m. The works will allow significant saving of resources.
The investments were made through the Livada Moldovei project, which is a line of credit worth 120 million euros, offered by the European Investment Bank, in its capacity as a bank of the European Union, to the Government of the Republic of Moldova.
“Despite the crisis caused by Covid-19, in 2020, over 19 thousand SMEs were supported and over 11 thousand jobs were created and maintained in the Republic of Moldova, within the EU4Business Initiative. The Livada Moldovei project, which is the line of credit offered by our partners from the European Investment Bank, goes hand in hand with technical assistance financed by the European Union, in order to ensure greater efficiency and impact of investments in the horticultural sector”, declared the Deputy Head for Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Gintautas BARANAUSKAS.
Previously, TUM also benefited from an investment worth 1.8 million euros, offered within the Filiera Vinului (Wine Sector) project, supported by the European Union through the European Investment Bank. The funds were used to modernize 15 laboratories.
“These investments will improve the quality and relevance of training, education and research related to the horticultural sector in Moldova, so that it corresponds to European standards. As a result, current students and future specialists will contribute to the formation of an improved horticultural sector, based on innovation and sustainability”, said the head of the office of the European Investment Bank in the Republic of Moldova, Alberto CARLEI.
“I want the beneficiaries of this project – the students of the Technical University – to be proud of the fact that they study at this world-renowned university and that they have the opportunity to benefit from cross-border projects and international projects with other universities”, said Iurie BRUMĂREL, executive director UCIMPRSVV.
“It is also important to train highly qualified staff. When investing in Moldova, new technologies and new equipment appear, thus there must also be specialists who can make use of these technologies”, underlined the vice-rector of TUM, assoc. prof., Dr. Vladislav REȘITCA, former dean of the Faculty of Food Technology.
The new equipment will be of great help to students, as they are now able to apply the newly acquired knowledge in practice. This will, for instance, facilitate the study of the process of making and purifying juices, the production of sauces, dried fruits, but also confectionery creams, ice cream, meringue, cakes, gingerbread – one hundred percent natural. Particular emphasis is put on dried fruits, which are produced through a special method that allows the preservation of the useful properties of the product.
To demonstrate how useful and valuable the new investments are, the students had a tasting event in the hall of the institution, with products created by them.
Artur MACARI, head of the Food Technology Department, mentioned: “The students invent and test new products and are very well prepared to be employed in the food industry. Now, bettered conditions have been established for the proper conduct of lectures, seminars and laboratory work”.
So far, within the “Livada Moldovei” project launched by the European Investment Bank, 10 educational institutions that train specialists in horticulture have benefited from funding of over 11 million euros.
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