Nieuws - 31 oktober 2002

English summary

It looks as though Wageningen UR will set up a new MBA degree at the agricultural university in Lublin, Poland.

There are also plans to cooperate in research. The plans emerged as a result of a recent visit to Poland by Dr Peter Zuurbier, director of marketing for Wageningen UR and Willem Wolters from the department of research strategy. During their visit the two Wageningen representatives discussed an MBA course for management in the agrofood business, a subject in demand in Poland as it waits to join the EU in 2004. The plan will be worked out in the coming weeks by the Wageningen School of Management.

Wageningen University will be given six months to bring fire safety standards in the Biotechnion up to standard.

A recent inspection by the fire brigade highlighted the lack of safety around the fire escapes in the building: corridors need clearing and improvements to doors and lifts are required. It is estimated that the university will need to make about one million euros worth of improvements if it wants to keep using the building. The problem is that the university plans to give up the building within three to four years, but obviously safety matters cannot be ignored. Ad van der Have, spokesman for building maintenance stressed that there is no acute danger in the Biotechnion, but there will be consequences for security in the building. If exits have to be easy to open from the inside, they will also be easier to open from the outside.

Two Wageningen students of tropical land use spent six months camping out on the savanna in the B?nou? National Park of Cameroon and discovered that herbivores there do not always compete for scarce food supplies, but sometimes help each other.

The hippopotamus for instance is responsible for creating large areas of nutritious short grass for other smaller grazing animals such as antelopes and warthogs. A single hippopotamus is capable of leaving an area 30 by 40 metres clear of large plants each night. This form of symbiosis throws new light on the question of why there is so much biodiversity in an area that was previously considered to contain mainly plants with little nutritional value.

After a one night stand or a quick, uncomplicated fling, or just some warmth in the cold winter months?

A recent chat on the subject with students in Wageningen revealed that even though the agricultural town is not exactly overflowing with nightspots the students here don't have much problem taking care of their needs - the Dutch ones at least. A Greek MSc student was happy to learn that the pubs in the student flats are often a good place to meet people. The Dutch on the other hand are enthusiastic about the ISOW parties, especially as the international women students are deemed more attractive than their Dutch counterparts. The small size of Wageningen has advantages and disadvantages - you're always bumping into people you know on the street, but keeping an illicit relationship secret is pretty difficult.