published on March 14, 2016 - 10:16 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno State received a grant of $49,000 to help support a new Portuguese exchange program in support of agricultural education.

Lisbon-based Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) made the grant earlier this month to help launch a partnership between Fresno State and the University of the Azores. The partnership will open educational and research opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions. 

“This incredible grant from FLAD provides the startup support necessary to cultivate an international partnership with a region of the world that has significant economic and cultural ties to the Central Valley and the Jordan College,” said Dr. Sandra Witte, interim dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. “This support paves the way for an ongoing partnership that will benefit agriculture both in the Central Valley and the Azores for years to come.”

FLAD President Dr. Vasco Rato, board member Dr. Michael Baum and director Miguel Vaz joined Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and other university officials during a special reception last week. 

The partnership is expected to offer a two-way exchange, creating opportunities for Fresno State students to study in Portugal, as well as for faculty and students from the University of the Azores to learn about agriculture, government relations and Portuguese-American culture in the Central Valley. 

Since its founding in 1985, FLAD has supported projects involving scientific institutions, universities, the business community and other organizations form Portugal and the U.S. 

Efforts are underway to raise additional support to further fund the partnership between Fresno State and the University of the Azores and the two institutions are expected to finalize their agreement this summer. 

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