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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Changchun, China; Shenyang, China
  • Program Terms: Mini-Term
  • Costs Sheets: Mini-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
UTK Nexus of Food, Energy and Water in China

Program Description

The program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to learn transdisciplinary knowledge and develop perspectives on the importance of the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS) for realizing environmental, social and economic sustainability at global scale. Through outdoor observations and discussion and indoor studies in Northeast China, students will learn the principles and practices of ecological agriculture and environmental protection with respect to climate change, energy consumption, and urbanization while experiencing Chinese culture by interacting with students, professors and industry leaders in China and touring Beijing, Shenyang, and Changchun.

China Map

The southern and central regions of Northeast China are a world belt of soybean and corn production similar to Tennessee. The regions serve as the food basket of China, contributing 40% of national grain production with 8% of total population, 16% of total farmland area, and 7% of total fresh water. The regions are also the largest traditional industry base of China, contributing 35% of industry GDP before 2010. Rural economy has seen a depression as economic priorities have shifted over recent years. The program will visit and study protected agriculture, urban agriculture, ecological agriculture, and water conservation in the area.

Sample Program Highlights

Shenyang Agricultural University

  • Biochar, urban agriculture, plastic mulch, soil degradation, water pollution, greenhouse gases emissions, climate change discussions, lectures and student presentations

Fuxin Institute of Desert Agricultural Research

  • Tour and understand crop production in dry and cold conditions
  • Tour and understand fruit production in desert environments

Fuxin Geological Park

  • Visit a mining site remediation
  • Geology, paleobiology, fossils, and other topics related to environmental and ecological evolutions over the past thousands of years

Northeast Normal University

  • Explore urban wetlands and river protection
  • Environmental research and agricultural disasters lectures

Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology University

  • Crop nutrient management workshops
  • Agronomy and horticulture sites tours
  • Ecological agriculture tours in local companies

The City of Beijing - History and Culture

  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Olympic Park

Program Objectives

  • Understand the grand challenges of the nexus of FEWS
  • Study the strategies/methods for meeting FEWS challenges from demonstrated projects such as protected/ecological agriculture and resources recycling
  • Develop problem-solving and global leadership capability for environmental sustainability and natural resources management

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:

  • AGNR 491: Nexus of Food-Energy-Water (3 credits)

The course aims to (1) understand the grand challenges of the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS), (2) study the strategies/methods for meeting FEWS challenges from demonstrated projects such as protected/ecological agriculture and resources recycling, and (3) develop problem-solving and global leadership capability for environmental sustainability and natural resources management.

Program Housing

Students stay in local hotels or accommodations associated with host universities in each city.

China 1 Housing is included in the program fee.

Cost Information

Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed cost sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Dr. Jie Zhuang
Program Director and Professor
108 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
Email: jzhuang@utk.edu

Jie Zhuang

Dr. Mark Radosevich
Program Director and Professor
132 Plant Biotech
Email: mradosev@utk.edu

Mark Radosevich

Dr. Sean Shaeffer
Program Director and Assistant Professor
207 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
Email: sschaef5@utk.edu

Sean Shaeffer

Anne Hulse
Assistant Director
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
Email: ahulse1@utk.edu

Anne Hulse

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Unique Funding Opportunities for Herbert College of Agriculture students

Information Sessions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Herbert College of Agriculture's Plant Biotechnology Building Room 160

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This program is currently not accepting applications.