Debre Berhan University (DBU) and Oregon State University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which would enable them exert a collaborative effort on health and agricultural issues. A team which is constituted by delegates from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Oregon State Universities discussed with DBU’s higher officials on how to achieve their mutual goals through strengthening their ties their mutual goals.

The MOU was signed by DBU’s Research and Community Service Vice President, Mr. Teferi Adnew and Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher who represented Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

On the ceremony, Mr. Getachew Tefera, DBU’s President, disclosed that the University is on progress with regard to forming partnerships with national and international educational and research institutions as well as related organizations. H then asked the delegation from both universities to show their devotion by changing the signing in to practical out comings.

Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher, an Assistant Professor at Oregon state University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, mentioned that the signing will help expand community based gardening and nutritional program at DBU and surrounding schools in order to benefit not only students but also the community.

Mentioning the inextricable linkage between health and nutrition, Dr. Grutzmacher, asserted that DBU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as College of Health Sciences will be assisted by Oregon State University to engage in a common agenda towards improving a dietary quality in the community.

Oregon State University, in the future, will work on organizing seminars and workshops to upgrade and assist academic staff and researchers’ efficiency on health and nutritional concepts at DBU.

Mr. Hiwot Menbere, a former professor at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, on his behalf, said that he is paying his own role to bring the knowledge and experience of the U.S. universities here to benefit the community by creating ties and partnerships. He said this collaboration will strengthen the works of ‘Women on Agriculture’ Project he began in the past in collaboration with University of Maryland at Baltimore. He also affirmed that he will continue in linking DBU with other U.S. universities.

Pilot test gardens of ‘Women in Agriculture’ Project at Debre Berhan University and Atse Zerayakob Primary School were being visited by the delegations/officials of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and the Oregon state University and Debre Berhan University.

Source: Debre Berhan University
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