Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, and Dr. Paciencia P. Milan, University Professor and Coordinator of VSU and the University of Hohenheim (UH) Cooperation, acceded to the invitation of Dr. Barbara Ramsperger, Executive Manager of UH's Center for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics in Germany, for a scientific exchange meetings with the researchers of UH from November 22-December 8, 2011.


The two big personalities of VSU will be meeting with Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Liebig, UH Rector, during the first day of the visit. Both of them will be presenting scientific papers at the University of Hohenheim.

Dr. Bacusmo will be presenting a paper entitled "VSU: In Pursuit of Academic Innovation and Excellence in Science and Technology" on November 28, 2011 during the Colloquium of the Institute of Soil Sciences.

Dr. Milan, on the other hand, will be presenting a paper on "Forest Biodiversity Conservation through Rainforestation" during the Colloquium of the Institute of Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics and in the International Workshop in Tropical Ecology on December 6, 2011.

Aside from exchanging of ideas and discussing issues related to research undertakings among the researchers/scientists of the two universities, other activities lined up for the visit include: guided tour through the garden and arboretum, introduction to special research projects, visit to the UH Library, business lunch and project discussion, visit to Mercedes Benz Museum, and meeting with other Filipinos who are working and studying at UH.

All travel and living costs of Dr. Bacusmo and Dr. Milan while in Germany are shouldered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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