Rectors Symposium and its achievements

LSU AgCenter Global Network in tandem with Visegrad University Association and V4 support represented by Hungarian Embassy to the US recently held the second Rectors’ Symposium 2018 designed to examine case studies of diversifying revenue and private sector support for institutions of higher agricultural education.  

The Symposium was held April 16 through the 20th, marking the second year of the Rectors Symposium. The design of this year’s Symposium first took place in Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, LA and finalized with The Hungarian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C. The purpose of this year’s Symposium was to crate an intensive educational program with private sector collaborators (Bracy’s Nursery, A.Wilbert’s Sons, LLC) which emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships in the production of sugar cane, timber products and ornamental horticulture. Second part of the Symposium, organize by The Hungarian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C provided activities and presentations that highlighted the global impact of these partnerships.

The Rectors Symposium provided many positive results for all 24 participants. Among the many results, five new Memoranda of Understanding between various universities and institutions were executed. EURAXESS representative Viktoria Bodnarova provided comprehensive information about potential funding sources, Director of Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Bela Kocsy provided overview of opportunities to connect with private sector, and the Czech Agriculture and Commercial Attaches in the US Peter Jezek and Ludek Moravec outlined environment for university – private sector cooperation and needs.

During the second part of the Symposium, H.E. Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian Ambassador to the US welcomed and hosted the group, thus, providing multiple networking opportunities and chances to identify next steps in future collaboration.

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center welcomed the opportunity to host this wonderful Trans-Atlantic event! 

VUA Presidency would like to thank the organizers for all their hard work and efforts.

4th VUA YOUTH international scientific conference has been organized at SZIE

Continuing the successful series of VUA YOUTH conferences of the past few years, this year 56 students in 3 sessions had the opportunity to present their research results during VUA YOUTH on 22 November 2017 in Gödöllő at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Szent István University. VUA, since its establishment, has considered the support of students and young researchers as a key priority. Due to the active participation and contribution of VUA members and the host faculty, students from 23 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, South-Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, China, Poland, Mexico, Myanmar, Moldavia, Nigeria, Russia, Palestine, Serbia, Syria, Slovakia, Somalia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA) shared their research results with the members of the committees and the audience that created excellent environment to learn more about those countries and to deepen the professional cooperation.


Students were awarded in the 3 sessions as follows:


  1. „Agriculture and sustainability” session

1st prize: Milan Doleš (Slovakia)

2nd prize: Thabang Rainett Teffo (South-Africa)

3rd prize: Mykola Dereva (Ukraine)


Special awards were given to:

Wai Yang Aung (Myanmar) and Abdul Walid Salik (Afghanistan)

Abdulkadir Kasim Farah (Somalia)


  1. „Business, economics and sustainability” session

1st prize: Aykhan Samadov (Azerbaijan)

2nd prize: Abdelkarim Walid Taha Alhloul (Jordan)

3rd prize: Jaroslava Kostolníková (Slovakia)


Special awards offered by the two doctoral schools of the faculty were received by:

Melissa Magdaly (Mexico)

Feifei Kong (China)


  1. „Global sustainability issues” session

1st prize: Kristína Predanocyová (Slovakia)

2nd prize: Maral Jamalova (Russia)

3rd prize: Musaab Mousa (Syria)


Special awards offered by the two doctoral schools of the faculty were received by:

Somaya Aboelnaga (Egypt) for the most solid professional knowledge

Mohammed Abdalrahman (Palestine) for the best presentation



VUA Presidency would like to thank the organizers for all their hard work and efforts!




Kursk State Agricultural Academy and Belgorod State Agricultural University are glad to invite you to participate in the summer school "AGRISUMMER IN BLACK SOIL REGIONS OF RUSSIA" jointly organized by two educational institutions of higher professional training in Kursk and Belgorod regions. In 2018 the school will be held on July, 30 - August, 12. Students will have a wonderful opportunity not just to study different aspects of agricultural science, such as horticulture, dairy production, agricultural production processing etc., but also to visit agricultural enterprises in order to see with their own eyes how Russian agribusiness is organized as well as to compare the tendencies of agricultural production in different regions of Russia. The programme includes presentations and seminars, as well as practical classes and field experience. The working language of the school is English, German interpretation will be provided when necessary. The programme will last 14 days and the students will receive 4 credits for 44 academic hours of lectures/presentations combined with professional excursions to agricultural and food production enterprises.


Please, send the application documents mentioned below


before June 14, 2018:

1. Application form 
2. Passport copy 
3. CV
4. Cover letter (1 page) presenting the participant and motivation
5. Academic transcript of records

Participation Fee


(presentations, seminars, excursions, meals, transfer)

350 €


200 €

TOTAL Participation Fee

550 €

You can also apply for one city (Belgorod or Kursk) paying half of the fee

If you would like to apply for any other scholarship program (which could help you to cover the participation costs) we would be happy to support you.


Use your chance to visit the leading agricultural enterprises of Belgorod and KurskBelgorod regions and to experience Russian culture and hospitality!

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FACEBOOK PAGE: agrisummerru


 DAAD Summer School Programme 2018    Application form Agrisummer 2018

General Meeting of Visegrad University Association 2017 took place at Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU-MTAA), Russia on September 13-15.

The meeting was attended by more than 40 representatives of 20 VUA member universities coming from 10 countries.
General Meeting was opened by  Dr. Galina Zolina, Rector of RSAU-MTAA and VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik. President Bielik evaluated the association activities and introduced the plans of Visegrad University Association for the upcoming period. General Meeting approved the VUA Annual Report as well the Proposal of activities for  2018. During 2017,  new universities applied for VUA membership. Three of them were approved by the General Meeting and we  would like to congratulate and welcome them to our association:

Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary
University of Debrecen, Hungary

Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law, Ukraine

Traditionally, VUA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was awarded to the most active member university based on the results of the election of the General Meeting. The award went to Louisiana State University, USA  as the appreciation of active participation in VUA activities. The award was presented by Prof. Peter Bielik and Dr. Galina Zolina to Prof. John Russin.

Presentations of invited speakers provided the GM participants with valuable information on selected topics. Head of Department of Agroeconomics of the Moscow State University of M.V. Lomonosov Prof. Sergei Kiselev focused his speech on the impact of the climate change and food embargo on agricultural development in Russia and Europe. He pointed out possibilities to ensure Russia's food security in climate change conditions up to 2050.

Security expert Alexander Golikov talked about potential risks of GMO production. He stressed that the issue of increasing safety is directly linked to rapidly evolving technologies.

Sergei Groshev, Head of agribusiness projects at Singenta, focused on issues of mutual partnership between the state and  private sector in agricultural education. He talked about the experience of training agricultural experts in agrotechnology and suggested creating a community that would help to create similar training centers.

VUA Presidency would like to thank Russian State Agrarian University-Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy for a perfect organization of the event and all the participants of the General Meeting for their fruitful contribution.

Photogallery       VUA GM 2017 Minutes

The LSU-VUA-SUA Symposium brought new ideas

Programme of the Symposium Agricultural Universities in the 21st Century: Importance of Technology and Information Transfer for Program Sustainability organized at Louisiana State University on April 2-8 brought new ideas and opportunities for cooperation of VUA members and other symposium participants.

VUA Presidency would like to thank the organizers as well as all VUA members and other participants who decided to join the event providing opportunities for  a greater interaction and efficiency of academic and research activities, for raising the profile of VUA members and strengthening the international cohesion of Central Europe as well as other regions and countries, enabling relations to third countries, other regional groupings and international organizations.

During the symposium a series of presentations was given. You can view or download them here: Visegrad Rectors Symposium - Recording links


LSU-VUA-SUA Symposium Opens New Horizons

On April 2-8, a symposium titled: Agricultural Universities in the 21st Century: Importance of Technology and Information Transfer for Program Sustainability is organized at Louisiana State University, USA. More than 20 rectors, vice rectors, deans, heads of departments, scientists and experts are participating in the event that is concentrating on the debates on information and technology transfer as well as other topics related to agriculture, life sciences and sustainable development. Participants from all V4 countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland) as well as Honduras, Russia and the USA will have a chance to present their ideas and share the views with their colleagues. The Symposium program carefully prepared by the LSU AgCenter  includes:

  • Lessons Learned from Land Grant University System in the United States
  • Strategies for Technology and Information Transfer
  • Alumni and Donor Relation
  • University Marketing and Branding
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Role of Sponsored Research
  • Entrepreneurism, Food Company Incubator, and Spin-Off Initiatives
  • Role of Genetic Modification of Crops in Global Agriculture
  • Examples of Strategic Information Transfer at LSU AgCenter

We are glad that the Symposium organized by the LSU AgCenter, Visegrad University Association and the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra  attended by top experts and university representatives  opens a new chapter in our cooperation and creates conditions for an open dialogue between the VUA members.

We believe that the symposium will generate new ideas and motivate our colleagues from VUA partner universities to fruitful future cooperation.

VUA Presidency would like to thank the LSU AgCenter for all their hard work and efforts organizing the symposium.


Dr.h.c. Prof. Ing. Peter Bielik, PhD.
tel: +421376415518

Liaison Officer
Prof. Dr. Ing. Elena Horská
tel: +421376415522

Secretary General
Mgr. Vladislav Valach
tel: +421376415545

Postal address

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra                                                        
Visegrad University Association
Foreign Relations and International Programmes Office
Tr. Andreja Hlinku 2
949 76  Nitra