Office of Global Programs (OGP) College of Agriculture – Fall Report 2019


International Enrollment in the College as of Fall 2019

  • Number of International Undergraduate Students – 24(13 as of Spring 2019)
  • Number of International Graduate Students – 121(120 as of Spring 2019)
  • Total Number of International Students – 145(133 as of Spring 2019): 64females; 81males
  • Number of countries represented: 36(33 as of Spring 2019)
  • Breakdown of countries and departments/schools:

Top 5 countries
Spring 2018

Top 5 countries
Fall 2018

Top 5 countries
Spring 2019

Top 5 countries
Fall 2019

China

50

China

48

China

41

China

48

Turkey

7

India

10

India

15

India

16

Vietnam

5

Turkey

7

Nepal

9

Nepal

8

India

4

Brazil

6

Brazil

7

Brazil

6

Brazil

5

Nepal

5

Turkey

6

Bangladesh

6

 

Programs/Department

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

Ag Econ and Rural Sociology

19

22

18

21

Animal Sciences

4

4

4

5

Crop,Soil and Environmental Sciences

22

24

21

22

Entomolgy and Plant Pathology

24

28

28

27

Horticulture

4

5

5

6

SFAAS

31

31

25

23

Biosystems Engineering

20

20

21

25

Undeclared

1

0

0

0

Grand Total

132

144

133

145

 

Number of J-1Visiting Scholars/Interns:

  • 2019–2020 academic year: just started, N/A
  • 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

Study Abroad

  • Calculated by academic year: 40 College of Ag students enrolled in study abroad trips for the 2018 – 2019 academic year, 51in the 2017 – 2018 academic year, 44in the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
  • Calculated by calendar year: 25 College of Ag students enrolled in study abroad trips in the year of 2019 (calendar year is still ongoing), 40 students in 2018, 42students in 2017.

Study Abroad programs offered for the 2018-2019 academic year include:

  • Vietnam (Aquaculture): Dr. Bill Daniels, Winter 2018—15 students committed
  • France (1:1 Exchange Program in Ag): Dr. Valentina Hartarska, Spring 2019—1 student committed
  • Peru (Inca Heritage, Intl Research and Ag): Dr. Russell Muntifering, Spring 2019—11 students committed
  • China (general Ag tour): Dr. Xing Ping Hu, May 2019—9 students committed
  • Orr Study Tour: Dr. Carolyn Robinson, May 2019—4 students committed

Faculty Abroad (CoAg travel support)

  • Several faculty, Beth Guertal, Arthur Appel, David Held, Brenda Ortiz, Thorsten Knappenberger, Henry Fadamiro, Joey Shaw, Joseph Giambrone, Kathy Lawrence, Patricia Donald; attended and presented paper at the III Seminario Internacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria – SISA 2019 meeting in Varadero, Cuba. Amounted supported: $4,5000
  • A group of faculty, Wilmer Pacheco, Charles Starkey, Henry Fadamiro, Thorsten Knappenberger, Dianna Bourassa, traveled to Zamorano University, Honduras, to recruit students and establish research collaborations. Amount supported: $4,000
  • Dr. Xing Ping Hu (EPP) was invited to present at the 6th International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes & Vector-borne Diseases and Taipei Vector & Pest Management Workshop on May 25 to June 2, 2019. Amount supported: $500
  • Dr. Valentina Hartarska (AERS) presented 3 papers at the bi-annual biggest microfinance conference at the 6thEuropean Research Conference on Microfinance on June 2-7, 2019. Amount supported: $1,000
  • Dr. Elina Coneva (Extension Specialist and Professor) presented a research outcome originated from AU COA at the XV Eucarpia Symposium on Plant Bredding and Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic and conduct Extension activities in Bulgaria. Amount supported: $1,000

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

  • A general MOU between Auburn University College of Agriculture and Huazhong Agricultural University, China College of Resources and Environment has been established and became effective as of April 17, 2019.
  • A general MOU between Auburn University College of Agriculture and Shanghai Institute of Technology, China has been established and became effective as of May 22, 2019.
  • A one-year continuation agreement of the OUC-AU Joint Center has been approved by Auburn University.
  • The Provost office has instructed each college to submit their strategic internationalization plan for the next five years.
  • Total number of 3+2 recruits since 2014: 16 (no admission since Fall 2018)
  • Total number of 3+1 recruits since 2014: 9 (no admission since Fall)

International Visitors

  • Delegation from Zamorano University visited the college on February 14-15, 2019 to enhance current relations with Poultry Sciences, particularly internships, and expand to other departments within the college.
  • Delegation from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU, China) visited the college during May 11-20, 2019 to tour farms and learn about fertilizer and agrochemical management technologies in wheat production. The delegates also met with few faculty to discuss soil health, nutrient tests, crop yield, quality improvement, and find potential collaborative partners in these research fields.
  • Delegation from Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences visited the college during May 18-26, 2019 to discuss the techniques on IPM of crop disease and insect pests.
  • The College of Agriculture hosted a two-week summer academic programfor 19 people (comprised of 17 students and two faculty) from Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) from July 28 to August 10, 2019. This group visited farms, CoAg facilities and departments and nearby resorts during the visit.
  • The College of Agriculture is also establishing a visiting scholar program with Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) with the goal of enhancing the international reputation of our faculty and programs. After a few rounds of selecting and matching, we will have 15 MS and Ph.D. graduate students from HZAU who are coming to AU in early September for three months. Among the 15 visiting scholars, AERS is hosting seven; BSEN is hosting four; CSES is hosting one; EPP is hosting one; the College of Vet Med is hosting two. These scholars will be arriving in two different groups, one on September 4th and the other on September 15th.
  • A seven-person delegation from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) will be visiting School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences on October 14-16. The main purpose of this visit is to discuss a student non-degree program in which NKUST is considering sending a small group of their undergraduate students to AU College of Agriculture to study one semester. NKUST is also proposing two other programs: AU faculty teaching in NKUST; and dual degree programs (both Bachelor and Master levels).

York ISP Proposals

For the Sep 5thdeadlinethreeproposal were submitted. The next deadline is November 5, 2019.

New Program

The College of Agriculture Office of Global Program is establishing a J-1Visiting Scholar Programwith several Universities in China. The goal of this program is to link faculty who would like to host a 1-year fully funded visiting scholar with Ph.D. students in China who are interested in conducting research at Auburn as J-1 visiting scholars. Our initial partner Universities are China Agricultural University, Northwest Ag & Forestry University and Huazhong Agricultural University, the top Agricultural Universities in China. The benefits to our faculty is to increase research productivity and publish a paper with the host student, and to establish international collaborations with their programs in China.

If you are interested in hosting a visiting Ph.D scholar for one year, please send a 2-3 page CV and a description of your research program to Kelly Pippin (kzp0025@auburn.edu) before September 30, 2019.  We will work over the fall semester to help link you with Ph.D students who are interested in your research area at these Universities. You will be able to conduct interviews via Skype or WeChat (a Chinese communication app) to determine which students you are interested in. You would then follow through in the spring by helping them write a short (6-8 page) research proposal to submit with their application to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for funding. If they are selected by the CSC program in May/June 2020, the program will fully fund their travel and living cost at Auburn beginning Fall 2020. We will forward your information to each China University and work with the appropriate Deans to identify students who are interested in your research area.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Pippin (kzp0025@auburn.edu) or Bill Batchelor (334-703-9255; bbatch@auburn.edu).