As part of his visit to Montpellier, Gary S. May, Chancellor of the University of California Davis (California, USA) signed a specific agreement with Philippe Augé, President of University of Montpellier on soft-landing for transnational start-ups in California (USA) and in Occitanie (France).

This specific agreement is the first application of the framework agreement signed between the two universities last September. It seeks greater collaboration in supporting soft-landing of startup companies on campus. As such, it perfectly illustrates the international dimension of the economic development strategy that is at the heart of the Montpellier University of Excellence project (an Initiative for Science, Innovation, Territories, and Economy (I-SITE) of the French Investment for the Future Program).

In addition to signing the agreement, the Chancellor addressed the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry on its opening day, an event organized in Montpellier from May 20 to 22 with MUSE financial support. The visit also provided the delegation with an opportunity to discover some of notable examples of MUSE educational and scientific potential (new School of Medecine, La Gaillarde Montpellier SupaAgro campus, University Space Center of Montpellier, and Robotics, Mecatronics platforms and the Microelectronics technology centers) and strengthen bilateral collaborations between MUSE consortium members and UCDAVIS in the institutions’ academic, research or social responsibility areas.

Lead by Chancellor Gary S. May, the UCDAVIS delegation included Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs; Dushyant Pathak, associate vice chancellor for technology management and corporate relations; and Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of the World Food Center, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture (UC Davis).