Office of International Agriculture, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,University of Georgia
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The UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences administers a Certificate in International Agriculture, the objective of which is to give our students experiences and knowledge that will enhance their opportunities in the global job market. In addition, the College's large number of foreign students?80 undergraduates and 80 graduate students?lend an international perspective to our activities and a long term linkage in their respective countries.
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has the largest international research program at the University of Georgia, with funding of nearly $5 million a year. We have formal agreements with 27 colleges and universities worldwide and alumni in more than 90 countries. Of our 260 teaching and research faculty, 106 participate in international work of some kind. Their work takes many forms, but it almost always results in dividends to the scientists, to the University, and to Georgia's farmers and consumers.
Even so, some people wonder why the College is involved in international programs at all. The answer is simply that we can't afford not to be involved. We no longer live in a world where we can take for granted America's preeminence in technology, education and manufacturing. One trip to the produce section of a favorite grocery store provides convincing evidence that many countries have a great deal to offer us. Access to fundamentals such as seed and germplasm for our important food and fiber crops, as well as emerging technologies produced in other countries, are crucial to protecting our quality of life here in America. To fully understand this, we must envision the world around the year 2020.