A strategic partner of Montpellier University of Excellence, Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands) signs a framework agreement with University of Montpellier.

On Friday 9 March 2018, Louise O. FRESCO, President of Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Philippe AUGÉ, President of University of Montpellier signed a framework agreement, in the presence of CIRAD Chief Executive Officer Michel EDDI, in order to consolidate and develop existing partnerships between WUR and I-SITE MUSE (Montpellier University of Excellence). Indeed, WUR is one of the four international universities to have been involved in the implementation of I-SITE MUSE from the very beginning.

 Wageningen University and Research (WUR) ranks #1 for Agriculture and Forestry in the QS World University ranking 2018 and hosts 12,000 students and over 6,500 staff. Its mission is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’. WUR stands as a major world leader in the sectors of healthy food and living environment linked with agricultural issues, in Europe and all over the world.

At European level, Wageningen and Montpellier share a double characteristic feature: the link between agriculture-food-environment and an international ambition with a special focus on Southern countries. In addition to that, both universities’ countries show a strong political interest for climate issues.

This framework agreement, which is signed on the occasion of University of Wageningen’s centennial celebrations, seeks to promote exchanges and collaborations between WUR and MUSE scientific and academic teams in the fields of education and research. Therefore these exchanges aim to develop cooperation, including:

  • organizing, programming and implementing joint education and research missions;
  • exchanging scientific, technical and educational information and organizing joint seminars, symposiums and conferences;
  • joint publishing and implementation of research results;
  • joint responses to national, regional, and international calls-for-tender and search for national and international funding;
  • sharing scientific resources and/or equipment/facilities for research, education and information purposes.

This agreement illustrates the desire, reaffirmed in front of the international jury which selected I-SITE MUSE, to boost mobility and exchanges of researchers and students, and to reach greater international exposure. With this approach, both institutions seek to formalize strong existing ties, as a sign of the momentum triggered by the MUSE consortium’s international strategy.

Along with the universities of Barcelona, UC Davis (California) and Heidelberg, WUR is one of the 4 international institutions that, so far, have committed to a strategic partnership with MUSE.