BANGKOK, Thailand — Leading agricultural universities in Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve as basis for future collaborations on joint and double degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. The milestone signing took place at the Kasetsart University on 19 November 2013.
Signatories of the MOU are Dr. HerrySuhardiyanto, Rector, Institut Pertanian Bogor; Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, Chancellor, University of the Philippines Los Baños; Dr. Vudtechai Kapilakanchana, President, Kasetsart University; Prof. Dr. Ir. Sri Raharjo, Deputy for Research, Universitas Gadjah Mada; Mohd Fauzi Hj Ramlan, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia; Katsumi Takano, President, Tokyo University of Agriculture; and Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Director, SEARCA. Representatives from the aforementioned universities likewise served as witnesses during the signing of the MOU.
With the said MOU signed, two or more University Consortium (UC) members that decide to offer dual or joint degree programs in the future are expected to forge separate memoranda of agreements (MOA), which will spell out the details of the joint undertaking.
Through double or joint degree programs, students have an opportunity to learn in a more diverse background, improve communication skills, and appreciate different cultures. These programs when carried out effectively provides strong international perspective, which particularly is very advantageous in an increasing global economy. (Jesselle S Laranas)