During the MAK’IT launch event, the day after the MUSE International Advisory Board, Louise Fresco (President, Wageningen University and Research) and Philippe Augé (President, University of Montpellier) planted a Tatarian maple tree in the heart of the Montpellier Botanical Garden, in the presence of Frédérique Vidal (Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, France) and Abdoulaye Yéro Baldé (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Guinea).

The tree is a strong symbol of the ties between the two universities, notably as part of MUSE I-SITE (WUR is one of the four partner universities that has been with MUSE since it was created). It is also part of Wageningen University & Research’s centennial celebration. This UniversiTREE is actually one of 100 trees being planted to create a forest around the world. The selected trees are always a slow-growth species that can live for many years, adaptable to specific environments, thereby symbolizing the durable ties with Wageningen University & Research.