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From the Lone Star State, to the Sunflower State and the Sunshine State, up to the Great Lakes State, top UPLB officials flew to the United States to further strengthen and expand UPLB’s international ties with four universities.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs and Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, met with the officials of four US universities from Oct. 16 to 26 to sign various agreements for human and material resource exchanges.

Three of these universities are UPLB’s new partners, namely: Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and University of Florida. The fourth, Michigan State University, has been a long-time partner of UPLB.

Texas A&M University has opened its doors for faculty and students exchanges through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UPLB. Located in College Station, Texas A&M University is the state’s first public institution of higher education.

Likewise, Kansas State University is now a UPLB partner in mutually beneficial exchanges of professors, scholars, scientists, students and information, academic materials and publications by virtue of an MOU. Like UPLB, Manhattan-based Kansas State University has colleges of agriculture, arts and sciences, engineering, human ecology, veterinary medicine, and a separate Graduate School.

On the other hand, University of Florida and UPLB are to start a cooperative effort in faculty and student exchanges and research collaboration under a cooperative agreement. Located in Gainsville, the former is a land-, sea- and space-grant university.

UPLB, represented in the signing ceremony by Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis, also renewed the MOA for Two-Way Student Exchange with Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Social Sciences. Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan in 1855.

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These new partnerships strengthen UPLB’s international linkages with around 70 universities across the globe. They form part of the fulfillment of UPLB’s vision-mission to become a globally competitive graduate and research university that contributes to national development.

Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis also visited the University of Minnesota for exploratory talks on establishing linkages with the said university. (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)