A Message From the Director...

 

Where does our food come from?  Where do the crops and animals produced in Indiana end up?  How can we feed a growing world population while at the same time protecting the resources needed to support life on planet Earth?  These are key questions that motivate activities in International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA).  Every day, IPIA scientists and staff are working to promote agricultural development, food security, and environmental sustainability.  They do this through research, teaching, and extension programs that involve the entire college community including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and professionals.

We live in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, one in which international boundaries have diminished meaning.  Nowhere is this truer than in agriculture, where trade brings producers and consumers closer together to the benefit of both, where new information travels quickly, and where the impacts of new agricultural technologies reach far beyond national borders.

The office of International Programs in Agriculture is at the center of efforts in Purdue's College of Agriculture to expand the College's global reach.  IPIA staff members assist in increasing the range of opportunities available for our scientists, help to build global awareness among Purdue students and Indiana citizens, and coordinate efforts within the College and with partners on six continents to help solve global grand challenges and promote agricultural sustainability.

Agriculture is a core human activity everywhere on earth and relies on sound management of global resources.  This clearly mandates commitment to a global vision for the entire Purdue community, including a curriculum with  strong international content.  Our students deserve the best we can provide to prepare them for responsible citizenship and professional employment.  To provide this perspective, our faculty and students must have opportunities for substantive international experience.  The commitment of the College of Agriculture to international activities is necessary for the continued excellence of all that we do.  Engagement in international activities is essential for our students, it is requisite for our faculty, and it is good for Purdue University.

I invite you to learn more about international activities in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University and to join with us to connect, collaborate, and engage to make the world a better place.

Gerald Shively

Associate Dean and Director

 

International Programs in Agriculture, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-6876

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