Five of Ohio State’s international programs have been awarded more than $6.3 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for the next four years. These awards make Ohio State one of the few universities in the nation to receive federal funding to support multiple disciplines.
The Area Studies Centers, affiliated with the Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, have been awarded $4.1 million in Title VI National Resource Center funding and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship grants. The East Asian Studies Center and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies have received funding for the 2014 - 2018 award period. The grants will be used by the Area Studies Centers to sponsor a wide range of academic activities, provide resources that stimulate new research opportunities and expand instructional initiatives, and conduct outreach activities.
Ohio State’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, working in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently welcomed six visitors to Ohio State as part of the U.S. government’s U.S. – China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program. The program encourages long-term cooperation in agricultural science and technology and creates a positive atmosphere for agricultural trade between the two countries.
This visit came just a few weeks following the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences extension team’s visit to China to exchange knowledge and best practices on urban agriculture. Six faculty and program educators made up Ohio State’s extension team that met with faculty and students from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Henan Agricultural University and China Agricultural University to explore how China is transforming its urban food systems.
The extension teams from both Ohio State and China’s Ministry of Agriculture gained invaluable insight on each other’s agricultural systems and will continue to work together to build on this mutually beneficial partnership.
To learn more about these exchange visits and the U.S. – China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program, visit cfaes.osu.edu.
In March 2013, the Ohio State Parent and Family Relations office and the China Gateway office collaborated to publish a monthly newsletter in Chinese to send toparents of Chinese students.
“Our monthly newsletters allow parents and students to be connected through the Ohio State experience, even if they are living nearly half a world away. By providing our families in China with information about their students’ lives on campus, we are strengthening a partnership that enhances student success,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life.
Ryan Lovell, senior director of Parent and Family Relations and Greek Life, oversees the content as well as the design pieces of the newsletter. “We want our parents and families involved and connected with their students’ lives. This is especially true for parents who are half a world away and who may never have been to the Ohio State campus. We want you to know what is happening with your student and to experience the life of a Buckeye. We believe the newsletters strengthen the student and family bond by providing a window into life at Ohio State,” said Lovell.