(10/02/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — After five years of student and faculty exchanges and other cooperative efforts, LSU and the LSU AgCenter have renewed a memorandum of understanding with Mendel University, an agriculture-centered institution in the Czech Republic.
“Our partnership with Mendel University has created numerous opportunities for our faculty and students,” said AgCenter Associate Vice President Wade Baumgartner. “Many students have visited between the campuses, and both programs have grown as a result. We hope to expand this relationship and look forward to hosting Mendel students next year for a short course in horticulture and public garden development at the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.”
The new memorandum of understanding was signed Sept. 30 while Mendel University rector Danuse Nerudova and chief financial officer Libor Sadlik were visiting the LSU campus.
Officials are exploring ways to expand visiting scholar and study abroad programs. Several LSU students and AgCenter faculty members have spent time going to classes, completing internships, attending events and doing research at Mendel, and vice-versa.
Students and faculty from the two universities have cooperated on projects relating to horticulture, plant pathology, food science, agricultural economics and more.
Members of the LSU College of Art and Design also have participated in joint initiatives with Mendel.
From left, LSU Vice Provost Matt Lee, Mendel University rector Danuse Nerudova and LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson sign documents renewing a memorandum of understanding between LSU, the LSU AgCenter and Mendel University, which is located in Brno, Czech Republic. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture