Delegates from all partner universities visited the South Valley University in Qena, Egypt from 24 to 27 July 2023 to participate in a Conference within the framework of the activities of the Plant Clinic project funded by the Erasmus + programme. 

 Dr. Youssef Gharbawi, President of South Valley University and Dr. Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Sadiq, assistant coordinator of the Plant Clinic project at the University inaugurated the International Conference. Official guests of the event were Dr. Abbas Mansour, the former University president, Dr. Ahmed Akkawi, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Dr. Badawy Shahat, Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, Dr Ahmed Kamal Nasari, Vice President for Community Service and Environmental Development, Dr. Khaled bin Al-Walid, Dean of the Faculty of Science,  engineer Muhammad Jilani, representative of the Ministry of Agriculture in Qena. Faculty members and students of the Plant Clinic diploma program took active participation in the opened discussion. 
In his welcome speech, the University president stressed that this project aims to prepare a diploma in Plant clinic for graduates of the Faculties of Science and Agriculture and qualify them for the labour market, pointing to the keenness of South Valley University to enhance international cooperation in various research activities in cooperation with international universities and the transfer of experiences and the exchange of knowledge and the importance of this cooperation in developing the research skills of university employees and developing the infrastructure of laboratories and equipment. He thanked the Erasmus program for providing this opportunity to develop the skills of researchers through the Plant Clinic Diploma Program, which includes studying in two semesters within one year.

Dr. Vili Harizanova, the coordinator of the Plant Clinic Project from Bulgaria, praised South Valley University for organizing this event, noting that the project contributes to building the capabilities of researchers and contributes to the transfer of knowledge. It aims to establish a number of Plant clinics in a group of Egyptian universities. She referred to the challenges facing the international community in the field of climate change and biodiversity, and the need for higher education institutions to prepare well-qualified personnel to deal with various challenges. She expressed her happiness with the scientific level of the students participating in the Plant Clinic Diploma at South Valley University.
The conference activities included a visit to the Plant Clinic laboratory and an inspection of the equipment in the laboratory.
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