A letter of cooperation will be signed Thursday between Texas A&M University and SENACYT (the National Science and Technology Foundation of Panama). The President of the Republic of Panama, His Excellency Martin Torrijos Espino; the director of SENACYT, Dr. Julio Escobar; Interim President of Texas A&M Eddie J. Davis; and Texas A&M Vice President of Research Dr. Richard Ewing will sign the letter of cooperation.
"As Panama's foremost agency for support of research and education in science, technology and engineering," Davis said, "this relationship with SENACYT is significantly important for our university and its efforts to globalize its programs and students."
"This letter of cooperation sets the foundation for long-term, collaborative, bi-national research and educational opportunities between Texas A&M University and Panama," Ewing said.
Texas A&M and SENACT have agreed to pursue the development of a formal Memorandum of Agreement in the near future.
Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students will honor President Torrijos during a dinner this evening (Wednesday, Feb. 28) as the 2007 Texas A&M University Outstanding International Alumnus. Torrijos graduated from Texas A&M in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in political science and economics.
The Outstanding International Alumnus Award is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students. Created in 1994, this award honors Texas A&M graduates who were not U.S. citizens while attending the University, but who went on to achieve prominence in education, the sciences, technology, agriculture, the arts, business, humanities or government. Those who are chosen for this award must have a good record of accomplishments that favorably reflect on his or her educational experience at Texas A&M.