On November 20, 2017, the College of ACES hosted a 10-member delegation from the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) based in Bhisho, South Africa.
The delegation met with faculty and staff from the College of ACES, University of Illinois Extension, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
To conclude the visit and meetings, a Memoranda of Understanding was signed by DRDAR and the University of Illinois to establish an official cooperative relationship.
Examples of possible future collaborations include joint educational, cultural, and research activities, exchange of faculty members and graduate students, and joint development and implementation of programs to meet basic food security needs, especially for the small-scale farmers.
DRDAR is particularly interested in Illinois’ expertise in implementing a land-grant-style system of services throughout the province, and in developing improved training systems to support veterinary services. A relationship with DRDAR can offer Illinois the opportunity to create new experiential learning activities for students, new research partnerships for scientists, and an enlarged platform for global public engagement.