A delegation from the Dominican Republic visits DelVal
Jul 07, 2014
A group from the Dominican Republic including government officials, business leaders, and agriculture experts visited Delaware Valley College in June to discuss possible partnerships that would benefit students and faculty from both countries. On June 17, Dr. Joseph Brosnan, president of Delaware Valley College, and the delegation from the Dominican Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines goals for investigating academic and cultural exchanges with agriculture and science-related organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and industries.
“The relationship presents opportunities for experiential learning and internships and perhaps, some professional development for our faculty,” said Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Russell Redding. “We’re looking at ways of merging or bringing together students, faculty and growers to give them another chance to gain a more global perspective.”
The delegation came to Pennsylvania to explore agricultural trade relations with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania companies. The delegation also visited Pennsylvania to build relationships for the exchange of agricultural technology and knowledge and possible future academic exchange programs. The group discussed possible student and or faculty exchanges with Universidad O&M, an independent university in the Dominican Republic. The new relationship will be particularly important for students studying agriculture and food science, but may also lead to opportunities for the College’s graduate policy studies students, counseling psychology students, and business students.
The College is looking at ways to incorporate information about the Dominican Republic’s supply chain and trade into its courses so that students could follow products from the point of production in the Dominican Republic through the supply chain to Philadelphia. DelVal staff members are also exploring travel opportunities for students and faculty that could be incorporated into these courses.
The delegation included: Governor of San José de Ocoa Bernabé Félix Estrella Ovalles; President of ANPA (a national professional organization for agriculture in the Dominican Republic) Andrés Gómez; Supervisor General of Border Customs Juan Geovanny Arias; Minister Counselor for the DR Chancellery Jassier Maceo; Representative of the Association of Greenhouse Producers Ramón Calderón; and expert for the Ministry of Agriculture Angel Gilberto Mejia.
The group met with College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan; Vice President of Enrollment Management Art Goon; Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Russell Redding; and Study Abroad Coordinator