VINCENNES, Ind. – It is an important time for innovation in
agriculture and Agricultural Attaché to the Embassy of Hungary in
Washington D.C. Kocsy Bela says the future of agricultural education
is at Vincennes University.
Bela recently toured the Vincennes campus, including the University’s
new state-of-the-art Agricultural Center with its high-end technology
and modern approach to agriculture.
“What I see is making agriculture more sexy and more sellable for
young people, and that’s the most important thing,” Bela said. “This
entire facility can encourage young people to choose agricultural
education because that’s the future, and it’s really needed. That is
my takeaway from here to tell my colleagues in D.C.”
Bela is a graduate of the Purdue University Krannert Graduate School
of Management and previously served as director of international
affairs and trade for the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture.
“It was a pleasure hosting Bela, whom I knew from my time at Purdue.
I saw that he was visiting in Indiana and am very appreciative that he
took the time to visit us. It was an honor for me to show him some of
the innovative programming VU is doing, not only in Agriculture, but
in many other technical fields,” VU President Chuck Johnson said. “We
had great discussions about many ways VU might be able to work with
Hungarian companies and educational institutions in the agriculture
and manufacturing sector.”
VU is preparing the next generation of farmers and agriculture
professionals by teaching students innovative farming solutions and
exposing them to cutting-edge technology, such as drones.
The 45,000-square-foot Vincennes University Agriculture Center is
located along U.S. 41 at 4207 N. Purdue Road just north of Vincennes.
It houses the University’s John Deere Precision Agriculture,
Horticulture, Agriculture, and Agribusiness programs as well as the
Purdue University’s Food Safety Training hub. The facility features 13
wooded acres, a greenhouse, and bee colonies.
“I’m really impressed,” Bela said. “All the facilities are, ‘Wow.’
I’m speechless frankly. What I’ve seen here is the future of
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.