Academics begin partnership

A DELEGATION FROM China’s Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences recently visited Mississippi State University, in the USA, and representatives from both universities discovered interests in many of the same fields of study.

Administrators from the universities signed a fiveyear agreement “to foster international cooperation in education and research”. Melissa Mixon, interim vice president for MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, represented MSU.

“We see this as an opportunity to encourage academic and research cooperation with an international institution,” Mixon said. “We share interests in many of the same crops including rice, wheat, cotton and sweet potatoes. Both institutions are involved in similar research including food safety and monitoring technologies, animal and veterinary science, environment and resource management, and advancements in biotechnology.”