Exchange agreement signed with Polish university
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, Poland, to cement partnerships related to study abroad, research and teaching.
The Polish university hosted representatives from Tarleton’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Global and Multicultural Initiatives and the university’s administration, including President F. Dominic Dottavio, at the signing ceremony. Officials from both institutions said the agreement would support each other’s common interests and mission in education, research and service to the public, as well as enrich and expand program delivery. Also traveling with the group to Poland were two representatives of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
According to the memorandum, the primary purpose is to “implement a cooperative educational program and mutually beneficial research agenda” with activities intended to “provide unique learning experiences for students, enhanced academic and research opportunities, and promote broader understanding between students, faculty and staff.”
During their visit to Poland, Tarleton’s representatives also held meetings with Poland’s minister of agriculture and the nation’s agricultural marketing agency, and held talks with the deputy governor of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. The group also visited the U.S. Embassy and received an overview of Poland’s agribusiness industry and how it relates to U.S. and Texas producers’ interests, and participated in tours hosted by representatives from Bayer Crop Science and other commercial farming operations in the vicinity of Torun.
“The trip was excellent in all aspects. Everyone from the national and state governments and agencies, and the universities, were very pleased that we were there,” said Dr. Don Cawthon, dean of Tarleton’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Our primary interests are in establishing collaborative linkages of an educational and research nature, and I believe we were successful.
“Faculty at the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz were top-notch in my judgment,” Cawthon added. “They had a viable student population, and their teaching and research labs were very well equipped. I believe we have a lot to be learned from each other.”
Cawthon said that Tarleton is organizing a trip for students to Bydgoszcz in September to participate in a multi-country student research forum, and will be organizing a study abroad program for the summer of 2014. The agreement also calls for a visit to Stephenville by several of the Polish university’s administrators and faculty in April 2014.
Dr. Marilyn Robitalle, director of international programs, said, “We’ve made new friends and developed relationships in Poland that will enhance Tarleton’s future global initiatives. It was exciting to be part of the process.”
For more information about study abroad opportunities at Tarleton please visit www.tarleton.edu/studyabroad. To learn more about the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, visit www.utp.edu.pl/en.
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Contact: Kurt Mogonye