Rector Symposium

 LSU AgCenter Global Network partnered with the Visegrad University Association to host the second international Rectors Symposium on the LSU campus April 16 to 20. The participants examined ways of diversifying revenue and private sector support for agricultural institutions of higher education.

Representatives from nine universities mainly in Central and Eastern Europe attended the symposium and learned about programs that promote public-private partnerships in sugarcane, timber production and ornamental horticulture. The second part of the symposium was hosted by the Hungarian Embassy to the United States in Washington, D.C.

The meeting highlighted the global impacts of the international collaborations.

The symposium will have profound effects on the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture students and international partners. Some outcomes of the symposium include:
  • The AgCenter signed three new memoranda of understanding with the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law, Ukraine; Vinnitsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine; and the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Slovakia.
  • The University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences offered an alternative to College of Agriculture graduates planning to study veterinary medicine. The program has U.S. accreditation and classes are in English.
  • The Hungarian Chamber of Commerce followed up with a private-sector representative visit to the LSU AgCenter seeking cooperation.
  • European Union agricultural attaches are following up with a visit to further understand the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator.
  • The LSU AgCenter sent two students to attend summer school at Mendel University.
Written by: Tobie Blanchard