A permanent representative of Wageningen UR set up office in Vietnam last week. Siebe van Wijk will represent the organisation from Hanoi, where he will provide back up to WUR projects in South-east Asia.
According to Van Wijk, Wageningen UR has a lot to offer in the way of knowledge and expertise that is relevant to agriculture in the region. He intends to devote some of his time to acquisition of new projects, and making Wageningen UR a more well-known name at local congresses, seminars and trade fairs. He will also work on setting up a network of Asian agricultural universities, that will write research proposals in collaboration with Wageningen UR. Van Wijk also sees opportunities for making Wageningen expertise more directly available to local businesses. The representative’s office will be based in the agricultural university in Hanoi, from where he will make regular visits not only the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and China, but also Burma, the Philippines and Indonesia.