Qu Zhenyuan, Chair of University Council, met His Excellency The Second Vice President of Burundi Gervais Rufyikiri and his eight-person Delegation who are visiting China Agricultural University (CAU) at the Life Science Building in CAU West Campus in the afternoon of 14 May 2012.
Qu Zhenyuan extended, on behalf of CAU, warm welcome to His Excellency Gervais Rufyikiri and his Delegation. Qu was very pleased to recall his visit to Burundi as a Member of the Delegation of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) headed by Luo Fuhe, Vice Chair of the CPPCC, in November 2011. Qu also entrusted Rufyikiri to convey his best personal regards to President Pierre NKURUNZIZA and Senator Gabriel NTISEZERANA.
Qu briefed guests of CAU’s recent situation on education, research, and international cooperation and exchange at the meeting. He was quite satisfied with CAU’s high-quality team of professionals in various fields of agricultural education and research, especially in the fields of cultivation, livestock, protection and utilization of agro-environment and natural resources, veterinary medicine, food safety, food science and nutrition, agricultural engineering, agro-information, agricultural economics, agribusiness management.
Rufyikiri expressed his appreciation for the warm hospitality extended to him and the Delegation. When making introduction on the basic situation of Burundi, he said that Burundi was a big country in agriculture with more than 90% development of the country relying on agriculture and animal husbandry. Burundi has in recent years developed slowly in agriculture because of lacking of technically qualified personnel. Rufyikiri hoped that this visit could explore the thoroughgoing cooperation with CAU in agricultural education.
Qu Zhenyuan also accompanied Rufyikiri to visit College of Resource and Environmental Science, and some laboratories at the Life Science Building.