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When George Chow, an M.F.A candidate in design research and development at Ohio State, read that an estimated 4.5 million children under the age of 5 had died worldwide over the last three years as a result of waterborne diseasesGeorge Chow fueled by poor sanitation, he became determined to somehow improve the lives of those in need.

According to the World Health Organization, this issue is compounded by the fact that 1 billion people worldwide defecate in the open, and as Chow learned, 579 million of those people are in India. Not only does this affect water supply and health, there is economic impact as well. Inadequate sanitation in India amounts to $53.8 billion a year in health care costs, productivity loss and even premature deaths.

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The Global Internship Program, facilitated by the Global Gateways with support from the Office of Student Life, is now accepting applications for internship placements in 2015. This program is non-credit bearing and available only to Chinese citizens. Full-time Chinese Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and backgrounds are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.

The Global Internship Program focuses on providing professional opportunities to Ohio State students in Gateway countries by placing them in internships with companies throughout China. The Shanghai-based staff of the China Gateway assists students during the interview process and leads an in-country orientation for accepted applicants. Potential internship placement companies include Apple, Bosch, Erico, Fiat Chrysler and IBM.

To learn more about the Global Internship Program and how to apply, visit oia.osu.edu/china/programs.

The Ohio State University is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to serve as the lead administrator of the national Passport to India initiative, which seeks to increase the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020. The program was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for U.S.-India higher education partnerships and to develop a stronger bond between the youth of both countries by increasing American student mobility.

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dombi honduras 320pxOhio State students interested in studying abroad for May session 2015 have opportunities to travel to Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nicaragua or South Africa. A short-term spring break nursing program in Ethiopia and a higher education program in Brazil during March 2015 are also available opportunities. Apply for these programs before their November 1 deadline to start your international journey.

The Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 27, in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The annual event estimates 1,600 guests will attend, including the students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner. Volunteers are needed for two shifts from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7. To volunteer for the first or second shifts, visit http://go.osu.edu/2014ThanksgivingDinnerFirstShift  and http://go.osu.edu/2014ThanksgivingDinnerSecondShift.

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The Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum, held on Friday, October 24, will be a showcase of East Asian linguistics research throughout the state of Ohio and institutions in neighboring states. The forum will provide a platform for participants to interact, exchange ideas and receive feedback from graduate students and the campus community.

The day-long event will feature two keynote speakers, Ik-sang Eom from Hanyang University in South Korea and Ohio State professor, J. Marshall Unger. All other research will be presented through poster sessions to provide ample time for discussion.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m. in the Mershon Center, Room 120. The event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information and the complete program schedule, visit u.osu.edu/beal.

With assistance from Ohio State’s China Gateway office and the China Travel Guide, visits to China can be made easy for members of the Ohio State community traveling on university business. The China Travel Guide serves as an information toolkit for faculty and staff to better understand the international travel process, learn about the local culture and obtain the most out of a business trip to China. The guide provides information about arrangements for pre-departure and post-arrival, how to select the appropriate visa and insight into the local Chinese culture. Learn more about the China Gateway and how it can facilitate focused networking, targeted recruitment and support for scholarly work abroad.

The voting phase of the Office of International Affairs annual International Photography Competition has officially begun. Facebook users can now vote for their favorite photo once every 24 hours through our Facebook app. Online voting will end on November 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. and the top three photos with the highest number of votes will be named the winners.

Ohio State University students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni were eligible to submit up to three photos in each category of the contest: People, Places and Animals. Over 900 entries were received this year.

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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.

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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.