The international legacy of the distinguished agricultural economist John Dillon was personified at the University of New England last month in four visitors from Cambodia, India and Indonesia.
The visitors have been in Australia as recipients of John Dillon Fellowships awarded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Dr El Sotheary from Cambodia, Dr Dindo Campilan from India, and Dr Fadjry Djufry and Dr Idha Arsanti from Indonesia spent two days at UNE as part of a six-week study tour focused on best practices in agricultural research management.
John Dillon (pictured above) was foundation Professor of Farm Management and then Professor of Agricultural Economics and Business Management at UNE from the mid-1960s. He made an outstanding contribution to international agricultural research and research collaboration, and chaired ACIAR’s board of management from 1985 to 1994.
“Our visit to UNE is very significant,” said Dr Campilan (pictured right). “We’ve been wondering about John Dillon – and now, coming here, we’ve been able to hear a lot about him. And here at UNE we’re seeing a true agricultural university.”
The four John Dillon Fellows are all young leaders in agricultural research management in their respective countries. Their fellowship tour began with a week at Melbourne Business School, and that was followed by a week in South Australia and a week in the ACT. After their two days at UNE they travelled to Brisbane for visits to the University of Queensland and other research organisations.
“It’s been very useful,” said Dr Arsanti (pictured right). “We’re all involved in collaborative research projects between Australian institutions and our own countries. Australians often visit us, and now – through these fellowships – we have an opportunity to come here and develop mutual understanding.”
ACIAR’s John Dillon Fellowships, established in 2002, are awarded each year. They provide leadership development opportunities in agricultural research management, agricultural policy and extension technologies, and opportunities to make valuable connections with Australians working in similar fields.