The 25th An­niver­sary of col­lab­o­ra­tion cel­e­brated in Vi­enna

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The 25th an­niver­sary of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Univer­sity of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vi­enna and the King­dom of Bhutan was cel­e­brated in BOKU Univer­sity in Vi­enna, Aus­tria on the 2nd of De­cem­ber 2014 .

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by H.E. Mr. Daw Penjo, Am­bas­sador of Bhutan to Aus­tria; Am­bas­sador Peter Laun­sky, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Aus­trian Fed­eral Min­istry for Europe, In­te­gra­tion and For­eign Af­fairs; Prof. Martin Gerz­abek, Rec­tor of BOKU; Dr. Franz Fis­chler, the for­mer EU com­mis­sioner; and Mr Ger­hard Manns­berger, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Forestry, Aus­trian Fed­eral Min­istry for Agri­cul­ture, Forestry, Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween BOKU Univer­sity and Bhutan has been mainly in re­search and ed­u­ca­tion in sus­tain­able use of for­est re­sources. In the last 25 years, with the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of the Aus­trian Gov­ern­ment 33 Bhutanese of­fi­cials have stud­ied moun­tain forestry in BOKU, in­clud­ing 11 of them who are cur­rently un­der­tak­ing their masters and PhD pro­grams in the Univer­sity. More­over, nu­mer­ous joint re­searches were con­ducted be­tween BOKU Univer­sity and for­est re­search cen­tres in Yusi­pang, Bumthang, and the wa­ter­shed man­age­ment di­vi­sion of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture.

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