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The Officers of the Executive Board of the Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities (AAACU) will hold their meeting on 23 August 2007 at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

Among the items to be tackled during the meeting are the ongoing and new projects of AAACU, membership, the AAACU Biennial Convention in 2008, and fund generation activities. The meeting will be attended by Dr. Jenn-Wen Huang, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Chung-Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan, Republic of China, and AAACU President; Dr. Mar de Asis, President of University of Eastern Philippines UEP), and Acting First Vice President of AAACU succeeding Dr. Pedro D. Destura who has retired from the service;Dr. Lee S. Yudin, Dean and Director of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS), University of Guam and AAACU Second Vice President; Dr. Candida B. Adalla, Dean, UPLB- College of Agriculture and AAACU Executive Secretary/Treasurer; Dr. Asannee Pachinburavan, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Khon Kaen University (KKU), Thailand representing Dr. Yupa Hanboonsong as AAACU Board Member; Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang, OIC President of the Cavite State University, Philippines and AAACU Board Member; Dr. Akira Yamauchi, Director of International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE), Nagoya University, Japan representing Dr. Tsukasa Matsuda, Dean of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, as AAACU Immediate Past President/Ex-Officio Member; and Mrs. Nelia R. Belen, Head of Internal Audit Unit of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and AAACU Auditor representing Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan, SEARCA Director and AAACU Fund Manager.

The Board officials will make a courtesy call on the UPLB Chancellor, Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco in the morning of August 23. After the meeting, the officials will tour the UPLB campus and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and SEARCA.

The AAACU was established in 1972 in Baguio City, Philippines. At present, the AAACU has a total membership of 46 regular and 4 affiliate members representing 17 countries (contributed by E.Cedicol).

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