In an effort to build effective and productive partnerships for education, research, and outreach in China a delegation from UNL recently traveled to Xi’an and Yangling. The delegation included Andrea Cupp (Animal Science); Tom Clemente and Richard Ferguson (Agronomy and Horticulture), Joe Luck and Bill Kranz (Biological Systems Engineering), Curt Weller (BSE and Food Science and Technology), Roberto Lenton (Daugherty Water for Food Institute and BSE); Chuck Hibberd, Mark Doyle, and yours truly.
There is great opportunity at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) for a tremendous partnership. The student side of the relationship has developed rapidly and already is resulting in success, and the research collaboration side is continuing to search for matches where both sides benefit. In the long term, this will come about by students who come to us from NWAFU for their graduate work and then return to the faculty there continuing to work with UNL-IANR. In the shorter term, finding collaboratively funded research opportunities will require us to continue to build upon the discussions started there and linking programs and people who fit.
I am excited about the students coming to UNL in July and those coming for regular enrollment in the fall semester. I also am intrigued and excited about the opportunity for IANR Director of Global Engagement Mark Doyle to develop, and potentially lead, a student group to study at NWAFU in the summer of 2014.
I also want to thank Bill Kranz, Richard Ferguson, and Roberto Lenton for advancing the planning of our Daugherty Water for Food Institute collaborative work with Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research in Beijing, as well as Curt Weller and Mark Doyle for their work at Henan University of Technology around planning of a forum there with the State Administration for Grain in November.
Lastly, I want to thank Mark Doyle and Miranda Ducey in our global engagement program for doing a wonderful job developing and coordinating the trip for this delegation. It is hard work – and they are doing a fabulous job. What a difference they, and Liana Calegare on the Brazil side, are making for IANR.
Enjoy some photos from our trip!