Wetenschap - 12 november 1998

English Summary

English Summary

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  • The WAU student union organised an excursion to the DLO institutes for agricultural research to find out if DLO can contribute to WAU education. Most institutes are interested in supporting the students during their practical work and thesis periods. The advantage for DLO is that the students are inexpensive, flexible and nearby. The advantage for students is that they can learn how to apply scientific results in commercial projects. Moreover, the institutes can select promising new researchers from the students they support. The DLO institutes are less interested in giving lectures to the students
  • Wageningen has two institutes that focus exclusively on developing countries: the International Agricultural Centre (IAC) and the Institute for Land Reclamation and Irrigation (ILRI). The IAC gives short-term courses to international students and advice to development programmes, while ILRI carries out development projects in the field of sustainable land and water use. Both institutes, linked to the Department of Agriculture at the moment, have to be integrated into Wageningen UR, the managerial merger of WAU and DLO. A committee, however, has advised that IAC and ILRI should form a recognisable part of Wageningen's international unit and should not merge with the big brothers. The IAC is currently undergoing its own reorganisation as a result of privatisation
  • In 1988 four African countries had a democratic government. Since then 35 other African countries have held their first elections, under pressure from western countries, the World Bank and the IMF: without elections they would no longer receive development aid. But the conflicts and civil wars have not decreased in this continent. Is the western model of democracy the solution for development, or should western countries have more respect for local types of governance, embedded in the history and culture of a region? Democracy comes under criticism in a seminar on this subject on 19 November in Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen. Achille M'bembe from Senegal, Raul Rosende from Latin America and Kingsley de Silva from Sri Lanka express their opinions on this matter. Students who want to participate in the seminar should contact the WAU chair of Disaster Management, Thea Hilhorst, Tel. 482596
  • The Wolfswaard is an old farm converted into student accommodation, near the river Rhine. Last week floods prevented the inhabitants from reaching Wageningen by foot, bike or car. The students had to evacuate the sheep near the house, tie the firewood to the house to prevent it drifting away and harvest vegetables from their garden. Transport to and from town by rowing boat wasn't easy. I really had the feeling of being in a nut shell in the sea - I couldn't see where I was, the boat was rolling heavily and I didn't seem to be getting anywhere. A few of them had to walk through the water to get home

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