Seventeen undergraduate students accompanied by Dr. Teruo Maeda, professor of animal science and Dr. Lawrence M. Liao, associate professor of aquatic botany comprised this year’s animal science educational tour to the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Philippines from August 7th to 17th. This year’s tour falls under the MOU terms signed by the representatives of the two universities in December 2011 calling for faculty and student exchanges, research collaboration, etc.
The tour itinerary included visits to the research and educational facilities of the VSU Department of Animal Science of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, the water buffalo breeding facility of the Philippine Carabao Center, vermiculture organic farming demonstration center and various research facilities such as the Philippine Coconut Center, National Abaca Research Center, Philippine Rootcrops Center, etc. A visit was also made to a private chicken farm to observe broiler production practices and to a community-owned dried jackfruit processing cooperative. Students also had hands-on experiences on manual milking of water buffaloes, horseback riding and farm animal restraining techniques. There were opportunities to visit a local elementary school, and participate in cultural exchange activities with Filipino students during the 93th VSU Founding Anniversary celebration. The president of VSU, Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin personally welcomed the Hiroshima University group together with some other university officials.