Office of Global Programs (OGP) College of Agriculture – February 2020 Updates

Office of Global Programs (OGP)

College of Agriculture

February 2020 updates


International Enrollment in the College as of Spring 2020

  • Number of International Undergraduate Students – 23 (24 by Fall 2019)
  • Number of International Graduate Students – 109 (121 by Fall 2019)
  • Total Number of International Students – 132 (145 by Fall 2019): 60 females (45.5%); 72 males (54.5%)
  • Number of countries represented: 38 (36 by Fall 2019)
  • Number of J-1Visiting Scholars/Interns:
    • 2019-2020 academic year (ongoing): 40
    • 2018-2019 academic year: 48
    • 2017-2018 academic year: 34 (Kelly was on maternity leave from June to September; her substitute didn’t log in DS-2019 requests for this period)
    • 2016-2017 academic year: 48

BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRIES

TOP 5 COUNTRIES FALL 2018
  • China: 48
  • India: 10
  • Turkey: 7
  • Brazil: 6
  • Nepal: 5
TOP 5 COUNTRIES SPRING 2019
  • China: 41
  • India: 15
  • Nepal: 9
  • Brazil: 7
  • Turkey: 6
TOP 5 COUNTRIES FALL 2019
  • China: 48
  • India: 16
  • Nepal: 8
  • Brazil: 6
  • Bangladesh: 6
TOP 7 COUNTRIES SPRING 2020
  • China: 41
  • India: 18
  • Nepal: 7
  • Nigeria: 7
  • Bangladesh: 6
  • Brazil: 5
  • Honduras: 5

BREAKDOWN BY PROGRAMS/DEPARTMENTS

FALL 2018

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
22
Animal Sciences
4
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
24
Entomology & Plant Pathology
28
Horticulture
5
Poultry Science
10
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
31
Biosystems Engineering
20
Undeclared
0
Grand Total
144

 

SPRING 2019

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
18
Animal Sciences
4
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
21
Entomology & Plant Pathology
28
Horticulture
5
Poultry Science
11
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
25
Biosystems Engineering
21
Undeclared
0
Grand Total
133

 

FALL 2019

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
21
Animal Sciences
5
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
22
Entomology & Plant Pathology
27
Horticulture
6
Poultry Science
16
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
23
Biosystems Engineering
25
Undeclared
0
Grand Total
145

 

SPRING 2020

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
20
Animal Sciences
5
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
22
Entomology & Plant Pathology
26
Horticulture
4
Poultry Science
13
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
19
Biosystems Engineering
23
Undeclared
0
Grand Total
132

STUDY ABROAD

  • Calculated by academic year:
    • 2019-2020 academic year (academic year is ongoing): 17
    • 2018 – 2019 academic year: 40
    • 2017 – 2018 academic year: 51
    • 2016 – 2017 academic year: 44
  • Calculated by calendar year:
    • 2019: 30
    • 2018: 40
    • 2017: 42
  • Study Abroad programs offered in 2019 include:
    • France (1:1 Exchange Program in Ag): Dr. Valentina Hartarska, Spring 2019
      • 1 student
    • Peru (Peruvian Farming and Food Systems Study Tour): Dr. Sonia Moisa Bachamp, Spring 2019
      • 10 students
    • Orr Study Tour: Dr. Carolyn Robinson, May 2019
      • 4 students
    • China (general Ag tour): Dr. Xing Ping Hu, May 2019
      • 9 students
    • Vietnam (Aquaculture): Dr. Bill Daniels, Winter 2019
      • 6 students
  • The OGP is looking to explore study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Guatemala

FACULTY ABROAD (CoAg TRAVEL SUPPORT)

  • In the week of February 17, an AU delegation consists of CoAg, CHS, and SFWS (11 faculty travelers and 1 student traveler) are visiting two institutions in Costa Rica EARTH and CATIE. Visiting Goals:
    1. Potentials of developing a study abroad program
    2. Host J-1 Student Interns and attract graduate students (potentially government funded)
    3. Developing research collaboration with individual faculty members at Earth & CATIE
    4. Network with local officials
    5. Explore any USAID projects or involve in future government/international agencies funded projects

3+2/3+1 Programs; College-level General MOU(s)

  • As Auburn University is finalizing its strategic plan for internationalization in the next five years, the Provost office has instructed each college to put a hold on establishing new MOUs on all levels with foreign partners. While waiting for the implementation of the new process, any new MOUs/sub-agreements/ that are derivative of current/expired MOUs will need be further reviewed and approved by the Research Security Office and the Provost Office.
  • Leading by the College of Agriculture, Dr. Jay Gouge (interim President) recently approved and signed on a university level MOU with Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) on 10/14/2019. This MOU is currently waiting to be signed by Dr. Zhaohu Li, President of HZAU. The two institutes desire to establish the “Auburn-HZAU Joint Institute”. The goal of the Institute is to promote collaboration in research, education and training programs.
  • Auburn University College of Agriculture (AU COAG) and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) College of Hydrosphere Sciences, Taiwan, have signed a sub-agreement on 10/15/2019. This sub-agreement allows NKUST to apply for government funding which will be used to send their students to enroll at AU COAG as non-degree students for one semester. Implementation period: 12/01/2019 – 07/31/2022.
  • A three-year renewal agreement of the OUC-AU Joint Center between Auburn University and Ocean University of China will be discussed in May 2020.
  • Two universities in Brazil, State University of Maringá (UEM) and Federal University of Santa Catarina are interested in establishing a collaboration with the College of Agriculture. The communication is now pending and will resume once Auburn University finalizes its strategic plan for internationalization.
  • Number of interested 3+2 Chinese students for Fall 2020: 4
  • Total number of 3+2 recruits since 2014: 16 (no new admission since Fall 2018)

International Visitors

  • A seven-person delegation from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) visited School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences on October 14-16, 2019. The main purpose of this visit was to discuss a student non-degree program in which NKUST was considering sending a small group of their undergraduate students to AU College of Agriculture to study one semester. NKUST was also proposing two other programs: AU faculty teaching in NKUST; and dual degree programs (both Bachelor and Master levels).
  • The 12th Mini Summit on Global Food Systems that will be held on October 27-29, 2019 at the Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center. Recognizing the need for greater international collaboration in agricultural research, education, and service, faculty from six institutions (listed below) have met regularly to present ongoing research findings and to explore opportunities for collaborations in areas of mutual interest, including food safety, trade and food security. These activities have been fruitful and led to the formation of an academic consortium – Global Food Systems Research Consortium (GFSRC). It is the turn of Auburn University College of Agriculture to host the consortium this year, on October 27-29, 2019 at the Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center.
    The mini summit will include participants from the following consortium institutions:

    • Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences
    • National Taiwan Ocean University
    • University of Georgia
    • Shanghai Ocean University
    • University of Maryland
    • Auburn University
  • 20-30 students/researchers from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) came to AU on November 11 -15, 2019 for an experiential learning program. The visitors mainly visited School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences and Department of Poultry Science.
  • (DELAYED due to the 2019-Cov) 8-10 delegates from Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) plans to visit AU on March 31 – April 3, 2020. This delegation will be led by HZAU President Zhaohu Li. President Li graduated with his Ph.D. in Agronomy (weed science) in the mid-1990s from Auburn. He was a leader of the Chinese Student group at Auburn during that time. He served as professor at China Agricultural University (top Ag University in China), as well as Vice President for many years. He is now President of Huazhong Agricultural University (Ranked 3-5 in China as an Ag University) and has established the Auburn Institute there. Interim President Gogue signed that agreement in October. With this agreement, we have established an Institute between Auburn and Huazhong Agricultural University. We have also established a joint Ph.D. program, which Interim President Gogue signed in September.
  • Three delegates from Ocean University of China (OUC), China will be visiting AU during May 4-7, 2020. The goal of this visit is to discuss the future development of the OUC-AU Joint Research Center and collaborations in scientific research and education programs.

York ISP Proposals

For the Feb 5th deadline three proposal were submitted. The next deadline is September 5, 2020.

Other News

  • OGP is in the process of establishing a website to host all the international seminar records. Most of these seminars are partially sponsored by the E.T. and Vam York Endowment.
  • On March 5, OGP will host a Spring Professional Gathering Meeting for the college’s visiting scholars/professors/interns and post-docs. This meeting will be held annually/bi-annually (depending on the feedback). This program aims to provide the following information:
    • Introduction of the Certificate of Completion Program
    • Statistic, Teaching and Consulting
    • Orientation on campus recourses (e.g. writing skills, campus safety, cultural activities, etc.)
    • Insurance & immigration Q&A
    • Recognition and appreciation to CoAg and Staff
    • Provide a platform for research personnel of this college to network