Counting the nation's President as an alumnus has certain advantages.
The University of Arkansas is strengthening its ties with Panama in an effort to boost agricultural and export opportunities.
On Friday, the state's flagship university and Panamanian officials will sign a formal pledge to work more closely for the next 5 years. Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama, is a 1973 graduate of the U of A.
Peter Urban with Stephens Media reports:
Representatives of the school will be in Panama City to sign a formal pledge on Friday to assist the Panama Ministry of Agriculture over the next five years.
“We are looking for collaborative ways we can work with them to help their agricultural extension service,” said Mark Cochran, vice president for agriculture at the UA System.
Among other things, the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences plans to develop a college curriculum for a vocational-agriculture high school run by the Panama Ministry, Cochran said.
Cochran said that a large number of AU alumni in Panama – including the nation’s president Ricardo Martinelli – have played key roles leading up to Friday’s signing ceremony.
Martinelli graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in 1973.
The trip to Panama for UA officials dovetails with a Congressional delegation trip to the central American country. Read more at this link.