WUR travelled with Prime Minister Rutte to China this week. In the coming days, Rector Magnificus Arthur Mol will sign six contracts on joint research with Chinese partners. There will also be cooperation in the field of biological crop protection.
At an official ceremony on the campus of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, the first sand was placed under the tree by the minister, the rector magnificus and two senior executive members from CAAS, a research institute in the Chinese capital that Wageningen maintains close ties with. A plaque was also unveiled.
This tree-planting ceremony in China marks the start of a much larger campaign. The UniversiTREES idea was devised and submitted by a WUR alumni to mark 100 years of WUR. WUR hopes to plant a total of 100 trees this year at various locations around the world to celebrate 100 years of the university’s existence.
Minister Schouten praised Wageningen University & Research, remarking last week during the trade mission that Wageningen was essential in China in the field of agro-food. “A company in the field of agro-food simply has to mention the name Wageningen for the doors to open for them.” The second 100-year UniversiTREE was planted later that day at CAU, the agricultural university in Beijing.