GCHERA is the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences.
GCHERA was conceived in 1998 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of National Agrarian University, Ukraine (now – National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine) by the then President of Iowa State University (USA) – Prof. M. Jischke, Rector of National Agrarian University (Ukraine) – Prof. D. Melnychuk and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture of the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) – Prof. E. Lindemann. The Consortium was named the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) at the time of the first Conference in 1999 inAmsterdam.
In the intervening years from 1999 to 2011 seven global conferences have been held the latest in June 2011 atLaSalle-BeauvaisFrance. It was on the occasion of this most recent conference, upon the recommendation of those GCHERA Executive Committee members assembled, that the GCHERA General Assembly approved on 30 June 2011 the reorganization of GCHERA, then based on individual institutional membership, as a Confederation based on membership of higher education associations to be governed by a Board representative of those associations.