1 Bumpers College International Programs Vision and Direction Our mission statement is to Provide structured international experiences that enhance the marketability of our students for career and academic opportunities. We are promoting faculty driven, mission based international activities and opportunities, by empowering faculty to develop international opportunities in cooperation with their departments and using college and university resources to reach their objectives. The College International Programs Committee Each departmental representative is involved in and communicating developments between the committee and respective departments. Recent business: We have streamlined the Global Studies Awards Application and Evaluation Process Currently evaluating the Global Studies Minor and will be recommending an improved version following faculty and committee input Will soon be making recommendation regarding an instructor for AFLS We will be sending a Request for Proposal to faculty to apply for support for faculty driven international activities. Director of International Programs Dr. Proctor is working within the college, university and with overseas institutions to increase the efficiency and quality of our programs by working with: The Bumpers Honors Director and Honors College to obtain funding through Honors travel grants UofA Study Abroad Office to strengthening ties and increasing awareness in the among Bumpers College faculty as to its services. The Graduate School Dean to obtain funds and keep the university informed of our activities International programs in other Colleges to devel; synergistic activities The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Edinburgh, in response to the Committee Request and made a visit in August to renew our relationship,which was very productive. Recently we received guidelines from SAC regarding best practices and key contacts for faculty interaction with their institution. The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Edinburgh, in response to a request from HORT and visited in August The visit was successful and the HORT faculty are working to further develop programs and a RBG representative will be visiting the college in Spring University of Gent to develop department based exchange programs in various disciplines. Six faculty will be travelling with Dr. Proctor and Dr. Vayda to meet with faculty in their disciplines to develop exchange programs Proctor has a strong relationship with Gent since 2004 in conducting student exchanges in many departments working with Roland Verhe. Upcoming events October 5: South China University delegation visit tot with Bumpers Administration, Heads and International Committee facilitate academic and research opportunities. Dr. Yan Bin Li is working closely with institutions in various aprts of China.
2 Current CAFLS International Program Development Activity Scottish Agricultural College (SAC): 2 nd August 2011 Proctor visit George Marshall (Asst. Principal), Jane Smernicki (Head of Communications), Dr. Christine Moinard (Internationalisation strategy), Prof Geoff Simm (Academic Director), Prof David McKenzie (Vice Principal Learning), Dr Bill Spoor (Group Manager Crops and Soils) Dr Mark Hocart (Post Graduate Tutor) Proctor initiated plans as follows, Assistant Principal Marshall will information to us and each of our Department Heads on what SAC has to offer regarding: 1. UG/G Internships 2. UG/G exchanges 3. faculty visits 4. how to address our students visa issues 5. potential funding for students 6. Research collaborations, including their 'Innovations program' in how to encourage farmers and other rural stakeholders to implement innovative technologies. 7. Jane Smernicki (Head of Communications) promised to l contact Jeff Miller regarding Ag Communication interns. This information (1-6) will allow departments to develop programs with SAC that address their specific needs - will be sent to us in September. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 3 nd August 2011 Proctor visit Leigh Morris, Head of Education, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Leigh Morris is very supportive and excited about our mission and vision He would very much like to have an ongoing HORT discussion on how the intern experiences can be improved and formalized. Leigh suggested developing a 'UofA RBGE Intern Certificate' for interns including a seminar on arrival with specific outputs. They also have field stations in China, which your students could work at. Other ideas are video links for seminars to help develop closer HORT ties. They are interested in working with SAC to get student housing and have an idea about handling the visa issue. I asked Leigh to send Dr. Hensley a follow up to outline his ideas Leigh Morris visiting HORT in Spring Mosambique Poultry/Ag Business/Bio Engineering Interns 2012 Met with Bill Currington and Joe Zeigler (Walton College) regarding collaboration Mosambique Poultry Production Project to increase protein in Africa Visited later with Amy Farmer (ECON) the project leader: - They Have $15K/year for 3 years for students to provide matching funds from Patrick Cameron,(Bumpers College Alumni). - ~ 8 students/year - Lanier Nalley (AGECON) is interested in being a faculty leader need one from POSC I suggested: To Amy that she meet with Mike Kidd to explore faculty/student involvement Identify POSC/AGECON/ BIOENG &other CAFLS Honor students eligible to apply for Honors travel grants as matching funds
3 CAFLS Faculty Uof Gent Trip: 23 rd -29 th September 2011 Proctor Agricultural Economics: Steve Halbrook Animal Science: Charlie Rosenkranz Crops Soils and Env. Sci.: Robert Bacon?? Entomology: Fiona Goggin Food Science: Jean François Meullenet Horticulture: Garry McDonald CAFLS: Mike Vayda CAFLS Int. Prog. Andy Proctor Jim Correll (PLPA), Bob Harrington (SHES) Dave Hensley (HORT) to visit independently in October Heilbron University Harrington MOU to facilitate Hospitality Management student/faculty exchange China Exchange: Four Chinese Universities Yanbin Li 1. Zhejiang University (ZJU ), Hangzhou, China (http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/) (1) Dr. Ping Wu, Vice President of ZJU (in charge of foreign affairs) (2) Dr. Guoping Zhang, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environment Sciences at ZJU (3) Dr. Yibin Ying, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environment Sciences at ZJU (4) Dr. Jianxin Liu, Dean of the College of Animal Sciences at ZJU (5) Dr. Songming Zhu, Executive Associate Dean of the School of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science at ZJU (1) Dr. Mike Vayda met with Dr. Guoping Zhang, Dr. Jianxin Liu, and Dr. Songming Zhu during his visit to ZJU in November (2) Dr. Nathan McKinney met with Dr. Yibin Ying during his visit to ZJU in March (3) Dr. Mike Kidd met with Dr. Jianxin Liu and Dr. Yibin Ying during his visit in October 2010; and met with Dr. Jianxin Liu in his visit to ZJU in August (4) Dr. Yanbin Li discussed the exchanging programs with Dr. Yibin Ying, Dr. Jianxin Liu and Dr. Songming Zhu in 2010 and Dr. Jianxin Liu would like to start an exchanging program for undergraduate and graduate students in poultry science, specifically with some industries involved. ZJU can work out some scholarships and/or travel awards to support their students to come to UofA. They hope that UofA can host their students with on-campus dormitory, courses with tuition waived, and research in laboratories. ZJU can host UoA students in the same way. He also suggested that the faculty of both sides meet and discuss potential collaboration in research on animal sciences and technologies.
4 Dr. Yibin Ying expressed his great interests in exchanging programs for both undergraduate and graduate students in biological engineering and food science. They can select and support their best students to come to UofA, but expect UofA can provide on-campus living and courses with tuition waved. They can host UofA students in the same way. 2. South China Agricultural University (SCAU ), Guangzhou, China (http://english.scau.edu.cn/ ) (1) Dr. Ming Liao, Vice President of SCAU (in charge of foreign affairs) (2) Dr. Yongliang Zhang, Dean of the College of Animal Sciences at SCAU (3) Dr. Yahong Liu, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at SCAU (4) Dr. Tiemin Zhang, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at SCAU (5) Prof. Xiwen Luo, Former Vice President of SCAU, Member of China Academy of Engineering, Professor of SCAU (1) Dr. Mark Cochran met with Dr. Ming Liao and Prof. Xiwen Luo during his visit to SCAU in June (2) Dr. Mike Vayda met with Dr. Ming Liao during his visit to SCAU in November (3) Dr. Mike Kidd met with Dr. Ming Liao during his visit to SCAU in October (4) Dr. Yanbin Li discussed the exchanging programs with Dr. Ming Liao and Prof. Xiwen Luo in 2010 and Dr. Ming Liao would like to discuss exchanging programs for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. SCAU can work out some scholarships and travel awards to support their students and faculty to come to UofA. They hope that UofA can host their students with living on-campus dormitory, taking courses with tuition waived, and conducting research in labs; also host their faculty with collaboration with UofA faculty for conducting research in labs. SCAU can host UoA students and faculty in the same way. Specifically, he expressed the need for training junior faculty at universities in USA. 3. China Agricultural University (CAU ), Beijing, China (http://oir.cau.edu.cn/view_en/index.php ) (1) Prof. Linyu Zhang, Vice President of CAU (in charge of foreign affairs) (2) Dr. Defa Li, Dean of the College of Animal Science and Technology at CAU (3) Dr. Lujia Han, Dean of the College of Engineering at CAU (4) Dr. Rengang Yang, Dean of the College of Information and Electronics Engineering at CAU
5 (5) Dr. Yunbo Luo, Dean of the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering at CAU (6) Prof. Maohua Wang, member of China Academy of Engineering, Professor of CAU Talks: (1) Dr. Mark Cochran met with Porf. Linyu Zhang and Prof. Maohua Wang during his visit to CAU in June (2) Dr. Mike Kidd met with Dr. Defa Li during his visit in October 2010 (3) Dr. Yanbin Li discussed the exchanging programs with Dr. Defa Li and Dr. Maohua Wang in 2010 and Dr. Defa Li is very interested in the exchanging programs for undergraduate and graduate students. CAU can work out their supports such as scholarships, travel awards and/or industrial internships to send their students to come to UofA. They hope that UofA can host their students with living on-campus dormitory, taking courses with tuition waived, and conducting research in laboratories. They can host UofA students in the same way. 4. Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU ), Qingdao, China (http://en.qau.edu.cn/ ) (1) Prof. Hu Shan, Dean of the College of Animal Science and Technology at QAU (1) Dr. Mike Vayda met with Prof. Hu Shan during his visit to ZJU in November (2) Dr. Mike Kidd met with Prof. Hu Shan during his visit in October (3) Dr. Yanbin Li discussed the exchanging programs with Prof. Hu Shan in 2010 and Prof. Hu Shan is interested in the exchanging programs for undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. QAU will consider to work out some scholarships, travel awards and/or industrial internships to support their students to come to UofA. They hope that UofA can host their students with living on-campus dormitory, taking courses with tuition waived, and conducting research in laboratories. They can host UofA students in the same way. Specifically they would like to invite UoA faculty to give lectures (1 to 4 weeks) at QAU.