A Gabonese delegation headed by education minister Séraphin Moundounga spent a full day at the University of Oregon on Monday and heard descriptions of potential research projects that could result from a new Gabon/Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development.
The 14-member group – on a U.S. State Department-arranged tour of Western universities, community colleges and vocational schools – took a UO campus tour, looked in on a biology lab, met with Gabonese students at the UO and participated in a reception Monday night at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
But a highlight of the delegation's day at the UO was an hour-long program on the Gabon/Oregon Center that included presentations from six professors on likely topics for research collaboration for the two countries. Most involved natural resource and scientific research, but there were also discussions of partnerships in economic modeling and environmental law.
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