COOPERATION CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Member of the Executive Board of Van Hall Larenstein Diane Keizer-Mastenbroek and vice president Gong Yuanshi of China Agricultural University (CAU) signed an agreement on October 26th in Beijing to start extensive cooperation between both knowledge institutes. The cooperation that carries the name Elite Cattlemen Programme will cover the full width of education, research, student exchange and professionalisation of employees.

In the Elite Cattlemen Programme, students of universities and universities of applied sciences in participating countries (China, USA, Ireland and now also Van Hall Larenstein in the Netherlands) can take part in joint training programmes and competitions, and share each other's educational and research programmes.

Beside this cooperation, which came forth from the professorship Cost-effective Dairy Farming of professor Molly Chen, cooperation with several programmes is being considered. From China there is mainly an interest in the programme Food Technology. In the field of food & dairy the CAU also has an agreement with the University of Wisconsin, River Falls Campus. Earlier this month, Van Hall Larenstein closed an agreement during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, to cooperate with the University of Wisconsin from the study year 2017.

The visit of Keizer-Mastenbroek to China on behalf of Van Hall Larenstein is part of the economic mission to China led by state secretary Martin van Rijn. The secretary aims to tighten the relations between both countries during this mission and reinforce the basis for further future cooperation and creative solutions in the field of care for the elderly, vitality, health & mobility.

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