University of Wisconsin-River Falls, home to one of the three largest undergraduate dairy science programs in the United States, has inked an agreement with China Agricultural University in Beijing for faculty and students to travel between the two universities for study and research.
The agreement reflects a larger trend of universities expanding study and research opportunities abroad for undergrads to give them hands-on experience with a global perspective before they hit the world job market. The same thing is happening in other countries such as China, which is a major importer of Wisconsin dairy products.
UW-Madison, which has fewer undergraduate students in its dairy science program than UW-River Falls - but a higher profile for dairy research and global impact - has had partnerships in China since the early 1990s through its Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development. UW-Madison also has been collaborating with China International University since 2004, according to Bob Mitchell, spokesman for the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
As a research university, UW-Madison's focus is generating knowledge and developing technologies taught in undergraduate programs around the world, Mitchell said.