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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office seeks partnerships with colleges and universities, nonprofits, businesses, and others wishing to work together to solve challenging problems around the world.

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been a major contributor to Israel's remarkable achievements in agriculture, through its groundbreaking research and education. The world around us is changing, there is growing awareness of the state of the environment, and there is growing concern about over-exploitation of natural resources. This "new world" has led the Faculty to commit to a responsible role in preserving the environment for future generations and to search for ways to increase sustainable food and water resources. CALS Global partners with the Faculty by fostering new research collaborations among scholars in both institutions. 


Virginia Tech is partnering with the African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness (CESAAM) at Egerton University in Kenya. CESAAM regional partners include universities in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Uganda. This World Bank-funded Centre of Excellence will contribute to regional food security by focusing on technical capacity development, innovative agricultural research, incubation and transfer of technologies, and evidence-based policy development by creating Agricultural Knowledge Centers. We partner with CESAAM to facilitate opportunities for faculty research collaboration, short-term faculty and student exchanges, academic program benchmarking, and other activities of mutual interest for the benefit of agricultural and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.


The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) helps researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and others locate resources critical for problem-solving; enable effective collaboration by building skills and designing shared agendas; and connect resources and partners to form durable networks to solve development challenges pertinent to science, technology, and innovation. GKI's models for co-creating global problem-solving networks have included participants from 67 countries to date. The GKI team, in support of CALS and its inaugural faculty development cohort, will develop and deliver a series of trainings to help participants simplify their complex research challenges, refine their research pitch, and build collaboration and networking skills; all proven to be critical in developing global partner networks. 


The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is an Africa-focused fund that aims to help create a critical mass of highly skilled scientists, professionals and innovators in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) fields. It is an initiative of PASET. CALS has been designated as an international host university by RSIF.


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