On June 8, 2017, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Benelux countries Erkinhon Rahmatullozoda met with the Rector – President of the Leiden University of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Professor Carel Stolker.
Leiden University is one of the oldest educational and scientific research institutions in Europe, which was founded in 1575 by King William of Orange. Famous scientists, philosophers, and artists worked and studied at the University, including Albert Einstein, René Descartes, Benedict Spinoza and Rembrandt. Until now, members of the Royal Family of the Netherlands study there.
It should be noted that already for several centuries the university has been one of the most qualified centers for the Eastern studies. Its scientists have made a great contribution to the research, publication, and dissemination of remarkable samples of the written heritage of the Central Asian region which also creates a good basis for further cooperation.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of establishing cooperation between the university and research and educational institutions of Tajikistan. The subject of the discussion was also the opportunities for cooperation through the exchange of students and teachers, as well as grants for scholarships at the University of Leiden.
On the same day, the Ambassador met with the Executive Director of the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies Professor Frank Pieke. The Institute studies history, religion, culture, language and the regional situation in Asia. At the meeting, the parties discussed issues of science and education, and also decided that in the near future a preliminary draft Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the University of Leiden and educational and research institutions of the Republic of Tajikistan will be developed by the parties, after which it will be signed.