The ceremonial opening took place on May 25, 2018 at the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy (KSMA) under the guidance of the rector Prof. Dr. Indira Kudaibergenova and in the presence of a high-ranking international audience, which clearly emphasizes the significance of the KyrMedu project for the Central Asian country. All partner universities of the project, the national Erasmus+ office, the DAAD, the German Embassy, the World Health Organization, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Government representatives and business representatives of the national health sector were represented.
This Laboratory, as central part of the cooperative bachelor program, which was established after European model 2017 in Kyrgyzstan as part of the KyrMedu project, is used by seven Kyrgyz partner universities of the project under the guidance of three European partner universities. A contract concluded between the Kyrgyz partners regulates equal access to the laboratory and its fair use for students, teachers and researchers from all partner universities.
The laboratory provides education and training opportunities for students, scientists and medical staff as well as the promotion of research activities between the international partner universities of the KyrMedu project. To use the new laboratory efficiently, a one-week intensive training course is planned at the end of June as a continuing education course for Kyrgyz lecturers. The topic is 'Applied Experimental Biomedical Engineering'. The development of laboratory experiments under consideration of regional requirements is part of WHZ under the leading of Prof. Dr. Leonore Heiland with the support of project colleague Claudia Winkelmann.
In addition, local companies support the project through further training in the modern laboratory. The practice-oriented orientation further enhances the attractiveness of the KyrMedu study program for students, since they can establish contacts with future employers.
By equipping the laboratory with practically applied medical devices according to modern European standards and the joint use of all Kyrgyz partner universities, the quality of higher education and thus the Kyrgyz health system will be strengthened long term and sustainable.