This year a flood of high ranking representatives arrived in Israel in honor of the Agrostudies graduation for batch 2015-16.
Representatives came from the Philippines’ universities Tarlac, Misamis and Sultan Kudarat. A Ugandan delegation arrived and included Vice Chancellors and coordinators from Makerere, Bishop Stuart, Bukalasa and the Institute of Agriculture. Laos sent a special delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture which is a great honor for the students and Agrostudies, and the Ivory Coast sent a delegation from the universities INFPA and INPHB.
In addition, Ambassadors from the students’ countries came to see their students graduate and send them home with their best wishes and hopes. The Rwandan Ambassador spoke at the graduation ceremony, representing all of them. He mentioned the students’ hard work, their success and reminded them all they now hold the keys to the future development of agriculture in their home countries.
Perhaps the most exciting of all however were two visits that mark an historical precedence, as these countries have never held official visits in Israel.
The first is Cambodia, which sent H.E. Minister Van Sakhon and a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, the first ever ministerial visit to Israel.
The second is its neighbor, Bhutan, from which the Minister of Agriculture arrived, H.E. Yeshey Dorji, along with a delegation from his office.
These visits not only signify the importance that the Agrostudies program has for each of the countries participating, but a strengthening of the diplomatic relations between the nations, which is a welcome and gratifying response to the successful completion of yet another batch of students from Agrostudies.