Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Message for November 9, 2012
We are pleased that a UO delegation went to Gabon last week to formalize an agreement allowing for unprecedented academic research opportunities for UO faculty. The delegation, which included Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice Provost for International Affairs Dennis Galvan, Jay Namyet of the UO Foundation and John Manotti of UO Development, signed an agreement that lays out the operational details of a new Gabon-Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development.
The agreement was approved by the Gabonese National Assembly and will be administered on the Gabonese side by the ministry of higher education. It was signed by Alex-Assensoh and by Gabon’s minister of higher education.
Faculty provided input on the formation of the agreement and included a provision that allows the UO to restructure the terms if material changes occur in the future.
This faculty-driven program will be coordinated through Global Oregon, one of the UO’s Big Ideas, and will focus on sustainable practices in many academic areas. At least 20 faculty from UO and other institutions around the state have already expressed interest in research and outreach projects under the new center. Shortly after the anticipated launch of the center in 2013, all faculty will receive information on how to apply for seed grants and other funds to support research, programming and outreach on sustainable development-related topics.
Projects funded under the center will emphasize partnerships with Gabonese colleagues and will focus on a wide range of environmental, natural resource, conservation, health, socio-economic, cultural and educational areas. The Center will foster research and outreach that touches on the sustainability challenges and opportunities of Gabon, and through comparative analysis, of societies that are facing or have dealt with similar issues.
Congratulations to all who worked hard to forge this agreement that will enhance the UO’s research mission. Read more about the agreement here.
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