Posted 23 October 2017
"We are delighted to have been able to renew our student exchange agreement with Cornell, which will enable more students to experience education beyond their home university and to better understand the global environment in which we all work."
During a recent visit to Cornell University, the Dean of its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Professor Kathryn J. Boor, and Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, signed an agreement to renew the student exchange programme that has operated between the institutions since 2012.
Selected students at Harper Adams have the opportunity to study at Cornell for a semester, and we are pleased to welcome students from CALS who can experience academic life in the UK.
The visit also provided an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor to meet a number of CALS staff, from those in the Department of Entomology to members of the Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, to discuss the exchange programme and other areas for collaboration in education and research.
The programme of meetings included an opportunity to see the Agricultural Experimental Stations on the university campus and to hear about research being conducted in this setting.
Dr Llewellyn gave a presentation to students on studying at Harper Adams University. The session was also attended by two former exchange students, Andrew Coon and Nic Finn, who spoke warmly about their experience of visiting the UK, during which they had the opportunity to travel to the headquarters of agricultural machinery manufacturer, Claas, in Germany.
In a further presentation, Dr Llewellyn updated the CALS leadership team about recent developments in UK higher education policy, and issues surrounding the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The unique set of circumstances currently faced by UK higher education and agriculture prompted an interesting discussion with the team.
Cornell University was recently ranked 10th in the 2018 US College Rankings published by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and is consistently amongst the leading universities in the world in international rankings of university performance. CALS has similar student numbers and range of academic subjects to Harper Adams and there are many synergies between the two institutions.
Speaking about his time at Cornell, Dr Llewellyn said, "I received a very warm welcome from CALS staff and students and greatly enjoyed my visit. We are delighted to have been able to renew our student exchange agreement with Cornell, which will enable more students to experience education beyond their home university and to better understand the global environment in which we all work. It is increasingly important for students to have opportunities to study abroad, see what is going on in other parts of the world and make international contacts, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with CALS to bring this about."