A delegation of 22 students and professors from Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky , in the areas of Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy, recently visited the Federal University of Viscosa (UFV) in Brazil. Students were welcomed by Dean Nilda Fatima Ferreira Soares, on May 12, and were accompanied by professors Brian Steward of Iowa State University, and professor Tim Stombaugh of the University of Kentucky, including eight other professors, department heads, and coordinators of the two universities.
According to professor Ilda de Fátima Ferreira Tinoco, Department of Agricultural Engineering, who helped coordinate the visit, the Americans remained at UFV for two weeks with an intense schedule, which included lectures, meetings and visits to laboratories of crop science, on campus and Viçosa Rio Parnaíba .
Ferreira Tincoc says that the visit from representatives of American universities is part of an already established agreement that has existed for 13 years between UFV and Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky. From the partnership, students from each institution involved have been participating in an intensive exchange twice a year. Since the partnership began, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students of UFV, Iowa State University, and the University of Kentucky have participated in student exchanges for six months to a year, and short term study abroad courses at these universities.
The partnership between the institutions also involves an agreement between the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), a U.S. Department of Education program.
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