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International Engagement Activities
Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage – With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Purdue University College of Agriculture is helping African partners transfer non-chemical cowpea storage technology to about 3.4 million farm households in 10 West and Central African countries. This technology seals grain in airtight plastic bags for better preservation. The effort will focus on technology demonstrations in 23,000 farm villages and on working with African plastics manufacturers.
International Friendship Program -A program that matches international students in friendship relationships with community residents. Students get together with local families and individuals over meals, during holidays, and to pursue mutual interests such as sports, cultural or social events. This year 124 students were matched with community residents.
Learning about Markets in Central America - Purdue developed a 10-day research program set in Costa Rica that linked graduate students, Extension Educators and Indiana high school agriculture and science teachers to Indiana agribusinesses interested in exploring the Costa Rican market for their respective products. Each participant was paired with an agribusiness with the responsibility of performing a relevant market analysis while in Costa Rica .
Go Purdue Educational Exchange Program - a program that provides international student speakers for public and private schools, civic groups, businesses, and other entities in the Lafayette-West Lafayette community. Students share various aspects of their cultural heritage upon request. Areas include history, customs, dress, holidays, language, sports, and other topics.
Innovative Programs for Students and Faculty
Purdue has several innovative programs which help build international capacity among both students and faculty. Some examples include:
Honors Program with Université Laval, Québec: Pre-freshman Honors students spend a week at Laval , learning how policy issues are viewed and addressed in a Canadian context.
Graduate Recruitment Overseas (GRO) Program: Faculty members and International Programs staff travel together to strategic areas of the world to discuss Purdue programs, meet alumni, and recruit students.
Global Partners: International Programs takes a group of 10-12 faculty and staff overseas each year to allow them to look in depth at a particular country and its institutions of higher learning. In recent years we have gone to China , India and Turkey.
International Research Internships: Drawing on faculty-to-faculty collaborations, these internships allow both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to do research in another country. In the past year, of the over 1,200 students who studied abroad, over 150 of them did so on internship programs.
Purdue's Asian Initiative
For the past several years, Purdue has focused on developing strategic relationships with both China and India . Our Visiting Indian and Chinese Scholars program (VICS) brings eminent scholars to our campus. Our Asian Initiative Research Grants help Purdue faculty establish research relationships with Chinese and Indian counterparts. Our newly-established Confucius Institute is engaged in many activities to promote Chinese language and culture, both on campus and in the community.
Most dramatically, perhaps, our study abroad numbers to both India and China have risen considerably. In addition to Purdue's signature GEARE Program with Shanghai Jiaotong University , we now have an innovative Liberal Arts/Engineering Program to Ningbo and Harbin , as well as a number of other programs in other areas, including Management and Technology.
Source: International Programs