The College of Agriculture at the University of the Philippines was established by the American government in the Philippines in 1909. The first two deans of the College were both Americans - Edwin B. Copeland and Charles F. Baker. In 1927, the leadership of the College was delegated to Dr. Bienvenido M. Gonzalez, one of the most promising Flipino youths who engaged in the study of agriculture despite the perceived unattractiveness of the profession. Prior to his ascent as Dean of the College of Agriculture, Gonzalez prepared himself intellectually and in practicality by touring the European continent in order to observe its early agricultural schools after he obtained his doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1923. The countries which he had visited were Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Holland. While he was there, he took note of the following subjects, a) the extent of practical work given to agricultural students, b) the specific work accomplished by the students, and c) the usual life work of the graduates of agriculture in Europe. When Gonzalez became Dean from 1928-1939, the College achieved worldwide recognition for their research accomplishments and for producing quality graduates whose expertise in tropical agriculture were much sought after.
This paper, therefore, explores how the studies and observations of Gonzalez on both American and European agricultural schools have shaped his administrative and educational policies during his deanship in the College of Agriculture.