ICA Associated Networks

ICA's collaboration with our partner Networks 

ICA, in seeking to fulfil its mission, collaborates closely with several international networks.  The most active of these has been the collaboration with Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (A-P-L-U) in the US.  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (the former name of A-P-L-U) and ICA in 2000.  This main outcome of this collaboration has been a series of conferences.  In 2010 we celebrated the success of this collaboration and signed a new Memorandum of Understanding  this time also including the Association of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CFAVM). 

ICA has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS). 

ICA is a Board member of the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA)

The Networks with whom ICA associates closely are: 

Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA

GCHERA, the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, was set up in 1999 by leaders from HumboldUniversity (Germany). IowaStateUniversity (USA), and KievUniversity (Ukraine). 

This Consortium was conceived as a global association of universities with the following mission to develop a world system of cooperation in Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, to support activities and the close cooperation with international organizations, and to strengthen the influence of the agricultural universities on a global scale. 

In 2011 GCHERA was reconstituted as a global confederation of international and national higher education associations relating to the agricultural and life sciences.   ICA participates as a Board member of GCHERA.  The intention is to develop GCHERA to support the collaboration of higher education associations worldwide in addition to holding a biannual conference.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (A-P-L-U)

Initially founded in 1887,  as the Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) was created with the merger in 1963 of the American Association of Land-Grant Colleges and StateUniversities with the National Association of State Universities. NASULGC was renamed as the Association of Public and Land-GrantUniversities (A-P-L-U) in 2009.  It is the oldest higher education association in the US and has 218 institutional memberships from each of the 50 state and US territories.  The member institutions enrol more than 3.7 million students and award approximately 750,000 degrees annually. 

APLU is dedicated to advancing learning, discovery and engagement and to supporting high quality public higher education and its member institutions as they perform their teaching, research and public service roles. The Association provides a forum for the discussion, development, and advancement of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest. 

The Association of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (ACFAVM)

ACFAVM is comprised of thirteen faculties of agriculture and veterinary medicine in eleven of the most distinguished universities across Canada. Combined, these faculties represent over 40 percent of all publicly funded research in animal health, agriculture and food, and generate all of the veterinary medicine graduates and nearly all of the undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture, food and related fields in Canada.   The CFAVM was officially created in 1989 with its mission to strengthen collaborative arrangements among the researchers, educators and scientists within its membership and with counterparts around the world.

The European Confederation of Agronomists Associations (CEDIA)

CEDIA was founded on 23 June 1987, following an initiative by national agronomists attached to the European Institutions in Brussels. On 13th October 1996 CEDIA became an official non-profit organization

This body brings together under the one umbrella the representative organisations and associations of agronomists from several European countries. It is the European representative body of national associations of agronomists.  Our individual members are graduates in the agricultural sciences / engineering

The International Student Associations 

International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS)

Founded in 1957 inTunis by 8 countries, the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) is at the moment one of the world's largest student organizations and one of the leading agricultural student associations. Its committees are spread in universities in over 40 countries worldwide. IAAS’ mission is to promote the exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas, and to improve the mutual understanding between students in the field of agriculture and related sciences all over the world"

The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA

IFSAis a non political and not for profit organisation of tertiary level forestry students around the world. The statutes were first approved at the 18th General Assembly in 1990 and became a truly world-wide organisation in 1994. IFSA is dedicated to global cooperation among students of forest sciences in order to broaden knowledge and understanding to prepare a sustainable future for the world’s forest and related ecosystems. Membership is currently comprised of 76 local committees of universities in 52 countries.

IFSA’s mission is to provide a platform for students of forest sciences to enrich formal education, promote cultural understanding by encouraging collaboration with international partner organisations and to gain practical experiences with a wider and more global perspective. Through its network, IFSA encourages student meetings, enables participation in scientific debates, and supports the involvement of youth in decision making processes and international forest and environmental policy.