Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture Conference 2001

Venue: San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 12, 2001 End Date/Time: Jul 14, 2001
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Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture
12-14 July 2001 (pre-conference tours July 10 and 11)
San Francisco, California USA


Theme: Higher Education and Research for Agriculture and Food Systems in the 21st Century

Agricultural Curricula for the 21st Century
New Science in a New Century: Agricultural Research, Life Sciences and Information Technology
The Changing Nature of Food Systems and the University Response
Organizing the University of the Future

Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel
905 California Street, Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108 USA
Telephone: 415-989-3500
Toll Free Within the U.S.: 800-468-3571
FAX: 415-391-0513

Participants can register on-line, by mail, or by fax: Secure Online Registration
register2001.pdf (Adobe Acrobat)
register2001.doc (Microsoft Word 2000) (Adobe Postscript Level 2)

Message from the GCHERA President

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to invite you to a critically important conference for leaders of agricultural universities from around the world. The Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture is an active network composed of more than 300 academic leaders from 133 countries. Our collective leadership is needed in responding to the food security and environmental challenges confronting our world and in determining the most appropriate roles for institutions of higher education and research.

Please join us in San Francisco.

Martin C. Jischke
President, Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture
President, Purdue University

Registration Fees and Information

Industrialized countries
Before May 15 $250
After May 15 $300

Developing countries and countries with economies in transition
Before May 15 $50
After May 15 $75

The registration fee covers admission to all sessions on July 12-14, coffee/tea breaks, welcome reception, one dinner banquet, two lunches, and a copy of the proceedings.

Refund Policy: In the case of registration cancellations, fees paid in advance are refundable - less a $50 service charge - provided written notification is received by the GCHERA Secretariat by June 15, 2001.

Travel and Lodging

Northwest Airlines/KLM has special fares for GCHERA participants. Contact Katie Cords (fax: 402-399-4625 or email:, Meeting Trends, for discount airfares and for discount rates at the Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel. To receive discount rates, be sure to mention you are with the GCHERA conference. You can make all your air travel, hotel and rental car arrangements on-line at:


The conference venue is the Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel, a four star hotel located in the middle of San Francisco. The hotel is located on the top of Nob Hill within walking distance of Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and North Beach. The hotel is located at the intersection of the major cable car lines. You may view the hotel's website at:

A limited number of discounted guest rooms starting at $199/night (plus tax) have been reserved for conference participants and will be available on a first come, first served basis. The block of rooms will be held on a space available basis until June 11, 2001. Reservations received after this cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Arrival information

Two airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco International Airport, with over 1,200 flights per day from four continents, is 25-35 minutes away from the hotel. Arriving passengers may take a taxi, limousine, or shuttle to the hotel. Oakland Airport, with over 200 flights per day, is located across the bay; approximately 30-40 minutes away. Arriving passengers may take a taxi, limousine, shuttle, or train (BART).

Pre-Conference Tours

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California-Davis, ( has kindly offered to arrange two pre-conference tours on July 10 and 11.

Tuesday, July 10 - San Francisco City Tour - Bus departs conference hotel at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. ($35 adult, $20 child)

Enjoy the beauty of everyone's favorite city, starting with a drive along the waterfront with its view of San Francisco Bay. The tour features the major attractions of San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf, Palace of Fine Arts, The Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Cliff House/Seal Rock, Vista Point at the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Mission Dolores, Civic Center, Nob Hill, Financial District, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. Stops will be made for picture taking including an extended stop at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Wednesday, July 11 - Tour of University of California-Davis and Napa Valley Wine Country - Bus departs conference hotel at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. ($50 adult, $35 child)

Relax on the bus with tasty treats as our driver guides us out of the city and whisks us off to the UC Davis campus and then onto lunch and wine tasting in Napa! The day will include a tour of the largest land grant university campus in the United States and discussions on research affecting agriculture in our global society. From Davis, guests will head west to the famous Napa Valley Wine Region for lunch and tasting. A visit to the UC Davis Oakville Research Station will inform participants about the challenges and opportunities facing California's second largest agricultural commodity.

Posters and Displays

The conference committee is selecting top speakers from around the world to make invited presentations. A call for papers will not be made. However, if you would like to present information about a program or new initiative at your institution you may propose a poster or display. If you wish to present a poster or display, please provide a title and an abstract not to exceed 150 words. Space is limited and will be offered to those who propose posters or displays clearly linked to the themes of the conference. Abstracts are due by May 15, 2001 and should be emailed to

Questions About GCHERA?

Please contact:
Dr. David J. Sammons
GCHERA Secretariat
1168 Agricultural Administration
School of Agriculture
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168 USA

Tel: 765-494-8466
Fax: 765-494-9613

The growing challenge of feeding the world's population while simultaneously reducing environmental pollution suggests the need to actively seek effective solutions on a worldwide scale. Two critical contributions toward solving the aforementioned problem are training of highly-qualified professionals and research to solve key problems.

The significance of this issue is growing with each new achievement in biological, chemical, or social science. Up-to-date technologies such as biotechnology, improved storage, intercontinental shipping, precision agriculture, and agroecological approaches to production lend themselves to further development through global cooperation in education and research. The application of science and technology is essential to solving world food problems. Training our future work force in these areas is a challenge for the 21st Century. Global cooperation can assist in the dissemination of developments in teaching and scientific research activities.

Political and economic changes in the world occurring within the past 10 years have eliminated a large amount of global confrontation among nations. Global cooperation offers a mechanism for tackling the aforementioned problems.


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the NAUU, Kyiv, Ukraine, a scientific conference was held entitled, "Globalizing Agricultural Higher Education and Science: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century." Participants included over 400 representatives from 30 different countries. At the conference, the idea of a global consortium was born.

The three universities organizing the conference proposed a structure for a global consortium. They are:

Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA)

National Agricultural University of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany)

Each of these universities pledged to identify and recruit other universities to participate in the consortium. At the conference, other universities from Europe and the United States stepped forward to join the Founding Committee of the Global Consortium of Agricultural Universities.

In 1999, the consortium held a conference in Amsterdam with the theme of Leadership for Higher Education in Agriculture. The Founding and Organizing Committees met at this time and made several important decisions:

The new name of the organization will be the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture.

An Executive Committee would replace the Founding and Organizing Committees.

Dr. Martin Jischke would remain as President until the next conference scheduled for 2001.

Dr. Dmytro Melnychuk was elected as President-Elect and will take over as President at the conference in 2001.

Consortium Leadership

The founding president of the Global Consortium of Agricultural Universities (now Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture) is President Martin C. Jischke of Purdue University. Dr. Jischke is the President of Purdue University and a professor of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Jischke is also the past chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges in the United States. Dr. Dmytro Melnychuk is President-Elect of the Consortium. Dr. Melnychuk is Rector of the National Agricultural University of Ukraine.

Contact Information

Dr. Martin C. Jischke, President
Purdue University
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Telephone: 765 494 4600

Consortium Mission and Goals

The mission of the Consortium is to foster global cooperation for the improvement of higher education and research for agriculture as a prerequisite to solving the food security and environmental problems confronting our world.

The goals are as follows:

Development of a world system of cooperation in higher education and research for agriculture utilizing conferences, working groups, and new information technologies to facilitate interaction on a global scale, and;
Support activities and close cooperation with international organizations in the areas of international education, and agricultural research and development (UNESCO, FAO, TACIS, OECD, TEMPUS, USAID, etc.).
Objectives of the Consortium

conduct international scientific conferences on topics of critical importance;
share international models of curricula for training professionals in the field of agriculture;
assist members in the reform and alignment of curricula for each specialization in agriculture;
to promote the exchange of faculty and students;
offer essential assistance to universities which express the need to reform their structure and activities;
organize and promote working groups on topics of interest to members;
organize international schools of professional improvement for university administrators and faculty;
implement and disseminate up-to-date achievements in applying fundamental and applied sciences and information technologies in teaching;
organize the publication of a proceedings of each conference; and,
it is the intent of the Consortium to support the activities of existing international organizations which already work on the problems of agricultural education and research systems such as UNESCO, the InterUniversity Conference of Agricultural and Related Universities, FAO, USAID, USIA, and special state and private foundations.

Organizational Dimensions of the Consortium
Management of the Consortium

Member universities, colleges, institutes, and associations in good standing will elect the Executive Committee of the Consortium. The members of the Consortium Executive Committee will elect a president-elect. These officers will operate as an Executive Committee. Details are available in the Bylaws.

Conditions for Membership in the Consortium

Membership will include universities, colleges, institutes, education associations, and international organizations devoted to the improvement of higher education and research for agriculture
Membership is open to any university or research institute in the world which trains professionals and/or conducts research in the areas of agriculture, forestry/natural resources, fishery, storage and processing of agricultural products, plant protection, veterinary medicine, and the social sciences associated with agriculture
Payment of membership fees (U.S. $25/year)
Potential Sources of Funding for Consortium Activities

Donor support (UNESCO, FAO, OECD, USAID, EU, USIA)
Membership fees of partner universities (annual membership fees)
International grants and programs
Donations (international foundations, individual donations)
Payment for services rendered in reforming the programs of certain universities
Publishing activity