Rural China Initiatives
The Office of Engagement and the College of Agricultural Sciences are collaborating to focus on agricultural and rural development initiatives with East China Normal University, Anhui Agricultural University, and Northwest China University. Emphasis is given to discussions involving the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Stations, CSU Extension, and community and economic rural programming.
Colorado State University has multiple projects with research and university partners in China. Partners at CSU include the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Warner College of Natural Resources, The College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts.
Chinese Rural Development Research Delegation Visits CSU, Eastern Colorado
The CSU Office of Engagement and CSU Extension hosted a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in late November. All of the delegates are faculty members of the Rural Development Institute, one of multiple institutes at the Academy. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the premier and the most comprehensive academic research organization and national center in the People's Republic of China for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, with the obligation of advancing and innovating in the scientific researches of philosophy, social sciences and policies. It is affiliated with the PRC's State Council.
The CASS scholars met with faculty and graduate students in the Department of Sociology. These discussions focused on comparative studies associated with national environmental and economic development policies and were facilitated by Dr. Pete Taylor and Dr. KuoRay Mao.
Other CSU faculty who met with the delegation included Dr. Chris Myrick (Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology), Dr. Assefa Gebre-Amlak, CSU Extension, and Dr. Reagan Waskom, Director of the Colorado Water Center. Dr. Stephan Weiler (Department of Economics) and Dr.Becca Jablonski (Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics) discussed US rural development and food systems policies, respectively, with the delegation.
After their campus meetings, the delegation headed out to Colorado’s eastern plains to learn more about how CSU Extension, the State of Colorado, and the University promote sustainable agricultural practices. Their hosts included farmers and extension agents in Morgan, Logan, Adams, and Boulder counties. Learn more about their visit to Sterling, Colorado.
“This type of research exchange is valuable to our faculty and staff,” said Lou Swanson, Vice President for Engagement. “Along with faculty and student exchange, these opportunities for shared learning promote the evolution of a larger partnership to understand how different local and national systems develop and implement sustainable agricultural practices and policies.”
CSU Attends Third Annual International Conference on Agricultural Extension, Technology Transfer
Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Xi'an, China recently hosted the 3rd International Conference on Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer, continuing the US-China Agricultural Alliance that began out of the CSU strategic partnership with Anhui Agricultural University.
Over 100 people from Chinese and US universities attended the conference. Participants included representatives from 39 Chinese universities and central agencies including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education. US delegates from Colorado State University, Oregon State University, and Purdue University attended the conference, held September 11 - 14, 2017.
University-based Agricultural Alliance Grows
“The partnership and our university-based agricultural alliance continues to grow,” said Lou Swanson, vice president for Engagement. “CSU and Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) are the lead institutions for facilitating greater partnerships between the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese agricultural universities, and China’s very large Extension system, located in the Ministry of Agriculture.”
This year, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was also represented at the conference, expanding participation by Chinese institutions focused on the social science dimensions of agricultural and rural development.
Purdue University Delivers Conference Keynote
Dr. Jason R. Henderson, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension delivered the conference keynote address. “Although the Extension systems in the US and China are different, there are amazing similarities in purpose and a shared understanding that experiential, hands-on learning are the foundation of Extension in both cultures,” said Henderson. “We have a lot that we can learn from each other.”
The 4th International Conference on Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer will be held October 15 - 18, 2018 at Anhui Agricultural University, as part of AAU’s institutional 80th anniversary celebrations.
CSU Engagement Visit to Chinese Agricultural Universities Highlights Unique Strengths, Opportunities for Collaboration
Colorado State University Vice President for Engagement Lou Swanson visited five Chinese Universities in July. All five universities – Sichuan Agricultural University, Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University, Northeast Agricultural University, Shenyang Agricultural University and China Agricultural University – are members of the China-US University-Based Agricultural Extension Alliance. Additional members of the Alliance include Anhui Agricultural University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing Agricultural University, Huazhong University, and Hunan Agricultural University in China, and Oregon State University, Purdue University, the University of California System, and the University of Nebraska in the US. Anhui Agricultural University and Colorado State University are the lead Alliance institutions.
“We had an outstanding visit with our Chinese colleagues,” said Swanson. “Though our time was limited, we saw some of the unique capabilities of each school. Every university has locally oriented programs and individual strengths to share with the other Alliance members.” During the visit, Lou Swanson and Bridget Julian, Director of Operations for the Office of Engagement, visited university campuses along with rural agricultural demonstration zones and private industry partnerships.
All the Alliance members will meet at the Northwest Agricultural & Forestry Campus in Yangling in October for the fourth annual International Conference of Modern Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer. “US and Chinese agriculture and Extension systems can learn from each other,” said Swanson. “We all want to support our local rural communities with appropriate research and training. We also recognize the opportunity to address worldwide environmental concerns and agricultural efficiency challenges. The Alliance and the upcoming conference is an opportunity to substantively advance our collaboration and shared interests in safe, healthy food systems.”
AAU, CSU build on Extension conference in China
An expanding relationship between Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) and Colorado State University will take another step forward in the coming weeks as a CSU delegation will return to China to work on issues surrounding university-based Extension and technology transfer. The January trip comes on the heels of the 1st International Conference on Modern Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer, which was hosted by Anhui Agricultural University in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, October 15-17, 2015. The conference included representatives from 39 Chinese agricultural universities.
CSU Provost Rick Miranda welcomed the audience of over 100 participants to the conference. The CSU delegation also met with AAU to discuss plans for research collaboration via the Joint Institute for Agricultural Extension and Economic Development.
“CSU is honored to be a partner with AAU’s initiative to advance a pragmatic and nationally scalable model for university-based Extension which includes more effective and efficient transfer of agriculture and food system technologies,” said Lou Swanson, vice president for engagement and director of Colorado State Extension.
The AAU partnership is part of CSU Extension’s focus on cross-disciplinary issues such as community and economic development and the food system value chain. CSU and AAU will continue to work closely on a variety of other topics including general education, research, and student, Extension staff and faculty exchanges. The CSU delegation met with AAU students, part of a new “2+2 program” in the Department of Ecosystem Sciences, who plan to attend CSU for their final two years of undergraduate training. Read more.
Anhui Agricultural University delegation visits CSU
The Office of Engagement recently hosted a group of educators and community representatives from Anhui Province, China. The eight member delegation included individuals from both Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) and Jinzhai County.
The visit was tied to the Joint Institute for Agricultural Extension and Economic Development, which was established last December at a high level ceremony in Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province. The visit significantly advanced this highly innovative international strategic partnership. In addition to the successful discussions deepening this partnership, the AAU delegation was able to explore campus as well as Fort Collins and Longmont.
The group toured Colorado State University Online offices and the CSU Trial Gardens. They visited the Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center located north of campus, and the Boulder County Extension office in Longmont.
As part of the trip, CSU and Anhui representatives discussed how to advance their current International Memorandum of Understanding, which includes student and faculty exchanges as well as the development of a joint research institute for agricultural extension and economic development. Read more about the delegation visiting CSU.
Colorado State University and Anhui Agricultural University Sign Joint Research Agreement for Agriculture, Economic Development
December 31, 2014
Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) and Colorado State University (CSU) significantly enhanced the range of their collaboration at an official signing ceremony on December 11th in Hefei, China. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding signified the creation of a Joint Research Institute for Agricultural Extension and Economic Development. The universities also advanced discussions on dual undergraduate and graduate degrees. In recognition of the elevated importance of the Institute and curricula and degree discussions, Dr. Jim Cooney, Vice Provost for International Programs, announced that AAU is one of CSU’s 15 global strategic partners for international research and scholarship initiatives. This is CSU’s highest designation for its international strategic university partnerships. Dr. Wei Gao, Associate Provost for China Programs, stated that “Anhui Province’s agricultural sector and higher education institutions provide an excellent fit with CSU’s China initiatives.”
The Joint Research Institute represents a new dimension for China-USA university collaboration. CSU will work with Anhui Agricultural University to expand AAU’s Extension capacity and programs. AAU currently hosts a Chinese central government rural demonstration site to develop innovations in agricultural extension, research, and rural business. CSU will partner with AAU to develop additional curriculum and training for Extension, as well as joint research and scholarship projects for rural economic and community development. The project will serve as a portal to connect CSU and its partners with other Anhui universities, local businesses, and agricultural extension in the region. The two universities will develop exchange programs for faculty and Extension personnel. Anhui Province is predominantly agricultural, and is one of only 6 of 34 Chinese provinces that is a net agriculture exporter within China, and contributes significantly to China’s global position as a net food exporter. Dr. Zuowen Yao, AAU Vice President for International Affairs and Dr. Lou Swanson, CSU Vice President for Engagement are the Co-Directors of the new Institute.
The formal signing was attended by Dr. Yi Cheng, General Director, Anhui Provincial Department of Education, and Dr. Xiaochun Wan, Chairman of the University Board. Representatives from AAU included Dr. Beiju Cheng, AAU University President; Dr. Tao Xia, Vice President for Research, Dr. Zuowen Yao, Vice President for International Affairs; and Mr. Chengxiang Zhang, Director of the New Rural Area Development Institute. CSU delegates included Dr. Jim Cooney, Vice Provost for International Programs; Dr. Lou Swanson, Vice President for Engagement and Director of CSU Extension; Dr. Wei Gao, Associate Provost for China Programs and Professor of Ecosystem Science, and Dr. Mike Palmquist, Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation and Director of CSU OnlinePlus.
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Delegation from Anhui Province, China Visit CSU
A delegation of university presidents from Anhui Province, China, visited Colorado State University October 11-14. The delegation was led by Cheng Yi, Director-General of the Anhui Provincial Education Department. The delegation included the presidents of Anhui Agricultural University, Anhui University, and Anhui Polytechnic University.
Anhui is a province of 60 million people in Southeast China. Agricultural production is the dominant industry in the province.
After a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, the delegation met with CSU President Tony Frank, Provost Rick Miranda, and a variety of college administrators to discuss multi-institution collaboration in the areas of rural development, workforce training, joint study programs, and agricultural extension and training.
“CSU has an impressive opportunity to collaborate with Anhui Province and its universities,” said Lou Swanson, vice president for Engagement. “We look forward to developing collaborative teaching, extension, and research, and further explore educational opportunities with our colleagues in Anhui. Agriculture and food systems will be a vehicle for collaborations across agriculture natural sciences and social sciences.”
As part of the visit, CSU and Anhui Agricultural University renewed their International Memorandum of Understanding, which includes student and faculty exchange as well as the development of a joint research institute for agricultural extension and economic development.
A delegation from CSU plans to visit Anhui Province in December. The delegation will include Swanson and Wei Gao, assistant provost for China Programs at CSU.