College of Forestry has entered into three new international
research and exchange agreements with sister universities in
India, Australia, and Taiwan.
The College and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and
Education (ICFRE) in Dehra Dun, India, have agreed to develop
a long-term academic partnership with the College of Forestry.
The partnership will make possible collaborative research between
scientists at the two institutions, as well as faculty and graduate
student scholarly exchanges. The Council represents 13 Indian
natural resource institutions in several Indian states.
The College recently signed
a similar agreement with the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
(TFRI) headquartered in Taipei with several laboratory and field
locations nationwide. That agreement will cover cooperative
research and will also provide internships for OSU undergraduate
and MS students through the “Global Graduates” program.
An undergraduate exchange
agreement was initiated with the Australian National University
(ANU) in Canberra. This agreement will allow OSU and
|ANU students to exchange for up to
a full academic year by enrolling, registering, and paying normal
fees at their home campus.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the National
Taiwan University in Taipei. While this is not an undergraduate
exchange program, it will provide a mechanism for faculty and
graduate students to visit to work on cooperative projects.
Also in the works is an
agreement with the University of Valladolid in Spain that may
provide the College with its first “non-English” undergraduate
four new agreements bring the College’s worldwide linkages to
32 in 20 different countries. Other undergraduate exchange programs
are with the Universities of British Columbia (UBC) and New
Brunswick (UNB) in Canada, Lincoln College in New Zealand, and
the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
The College also has existing research agreements with such
institutions as the University of Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai University,
Kasetsart University in Thailand, Gadjah Mada University in
Indonesia, the Universitat fur Bodenkultur (BOKU) in Vienna,
and the University of Natal in South Africa. College scientists
participate in research at the
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor,
Indonesia, and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
(ICRAF) in Kenya.
In addition to cooperative
agreements and exchanges specific to the College of Forestry
and the Forest Research Laboratory, students and faculty are
eligible to participate, as appropriate, in more than 75 OSU-wide
exchange agreements involving universities and colleges in
almost 40 countries.
Bart Thielges, Associate
Dean for Research, points out that all these international
connections, especially those that facilitate undergraduate
exchange, contribute to expanding the horizons of students
and faculty in the CoF. “Many students and faculty members
are interested in studying or working abroad, and these agreements
provide an open door to begin exploring those possibilities.
We’re hoping that eventually, we will also be able to provide
some financial assistance to help with student exchanges in
both directions, and also allow faculty members to visit overseas
colleagues to explore opportunities for collaborative work.”