TEAS puts youth promotion and educational exchange high on the Brussels political agenda

On 26 November, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) Belgium organised a roundtable – EU–Azerbaijan Co-operation and Projects in the Field of Education and Youth.

Twice a year, TEAS organises such events for Azerbaijani students in Belgium to discuss methods of increasing awareness of Azerbaijan across Europe. The main objective is to discuss a specific socio-economic topic, and this also enables Azerbaijanis to meet informally.

The event attracted considerable interest from Azerbaijani students in Belgium, who had the opportunity to meet Katarina Nevedalova MEP (S&D, Slovakia), who is particularly interested in educational exchange.

She commented: “Today, young people have so many opportunities. If bright Azerbaijani youths are studying in Belgium, this offers them a unique vision on Belgium, the EU and the world. As a member of the European Parliament’s Education Committee, I am glad to contribute towards the promotion of educational exchange. Indeed, education is a key policy area where the future is built. In other words, it is of an incredible importance for the future of Europe. Azerbaijan has been participating in the EU Tempus Programme since 1995, which has implemented more than 50 projects to modernise higher education in the country. The Erasmus Mundus Programme, which is the EU’s most successful academic mobility initiative, has enabled more than 100 Azerbaijani students and researchers to visit EU universities.”

Roman Huna, Head, TEAS Belgium, explained: “Today’s meeting is attended by a large number of young and talented Azerbaijani people. They are the future, and TEAS remains committed to facilitating any exchange between their ambitions and opportunities in European environments. One should not forget the importance of investing in youth.”

For many years, Azerbaijani students have come to Belgium to study, thereby promoting educational and cultural exchange between the two countries and EU institutions. Indeed, Brussels, as a European capital, hosting the main EU bodies, provides a unique location for young professionals who wish to participate in European policy-building.

Ms Nargiz Taghizade, Representative, Azerbaijani Embassy to the EU, said: “I am pleased to see so much talent gathered around one table. By undertaking this type of initiative, TEAS does a great job in promoting Azerbaijan in the European environment. Indeed, these young people are the future ambassadors of Azerbaijan, its culture and its people. The Azerbaijani government is facilitating educational and research programmes through numerous projects.”