Directorate of External Linkages - Overview

The changing role of the universities demands a greater connectivity and strong linkages with the local, national, regional, and international communities. With the evolving role of the university, the Directorate of External Linkages is becoming an important office to promote national and international collaborations and to develop partnerships with public, private and non-government institutions/ organizations. This office also has the responsibility to attract international students, placement of university students and faculty in high ranking universities, facilitate interaction between faculty and industry and exert a pull for financing of training, research and development activities of the university by national and international donors, alumni, civil society and agro-based industries. Recently, activities in the directorate have extended manifolds and almost every week the university signs an MoU, agreement for collaboration and international/ national partnership agreement to facilitate teaching, research and development in the university and to bring good to lives of the farming community of the country. The university has signed about 41 MoUs with the Govt. Institutions, 16 MoUs with Industrial and 45 MoUs with the Organizations on National level and 146 MoUs with different countries on International level, including development of partnership with high ranked universities of the world for mutual exchange of staff and students and collaboration in research and development endeavours. Significantly UAF is host to projects with Australian universities (Queensland, University of Western Australia, Charles Strut University and ACIAR), JICA projects in water management, French Agro campus for Food Science and Technology, EU funded program on range management, and Pak-US Science and Technology collaborations with Texas A&M University and University of Georgia and University of California, Riverside. The University of California, Davis is also partnering up with UAF in various R&D activities including Human Resource Development. Ali Akber Group has recently entered into partnership with the UAF to combine strengths for R&D in seed and water management domains. The directorate also coordinates with the international organizations for resource and environment conservation in their efforts to make the world a better place for the future generations.