BLACKSBURG, Va., May 20, 2015 – Virginia Tech’s ranking of agricultural sciences research and development expenditures for 2013 rose to sixth in the nation, cementing the university and its scientists as international leaders in helping feed a quickly growing global population and sustainably managing the world’s forests.
The National Science Foundation said the $101 million in expenditures moved the university to the sixth spot, up from seventh. The figure is up 14 percent from four years ago.
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Exert from the Virginia-Israel Opportunity Brief (May 20):
Agrotech Leaders from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, participated in Agrotech Israel 2015 as part of the expanding agro activities between Virginia and Israel. They had meetings with executives from many companies including Sabra, the largest manufacturer of hummus in the United States which is headquartered in Chesterfield Virginia.
Dr. Jerzy Nowak, a member of the Virginia Tech Delegation, commented: “In over 30 years of visiting countries around the globe I have never seen such dedication to innovation and such a robust support system from the Ministry of Agriculture. The integrated focus on agro-technology is incredibly impressive.”
According to Ralph Robbins, the Executive Director of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, who organized the trip, “the first hand interaction with several companies we have been working with, will definitely accelerate projects being considered for Virginia.”
BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2015 – Theresa Johansson has been named director of the Global Education Office, which includes Virginia Tech’s study abroad program, part of Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.
Johansson will lead the office in guiding study abroad as well as collaborating with academic units to integrate global education experiences into the curriculum.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 30, 2015 – Senegalese universities now recognize “community service” as a core value after passage of a law that is a direct result of Virginia Tech’s involvement in the West African country.
“The relationship of Senegalese universities to the public has been transformed,” said Mary Teuw Niane, Senegalese Minister of Higher Education and Research, at a research symposium in the capital city, Dakar, earlier this month. He credited “a new culture” introduced to public universities through the work of the Virginia Tech-led program Education and Research in Agriculture in Senegal.
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New York University is #1 for both international students and study abroad; Students from India increase after three years of decline; Strong growth from China continues; Study abroad by U.S. students grows, but at a slower rate.
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“NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, Sept. 12, 2014 – Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability is offering a new professional certificate program in international sustainability consulting, open only to Virginia Tech alumni during its first year.”
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