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The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences has a long history of international work.

Our first international agreement dates back to 1907, when the College started working with a school in southern China. That school evolved into South China Agricultural University, now a leading institution in China. We continue to work closely with our oldest friends--we have a robust exchange with universities across China--while pursuing opportunities with new partners.

Today, the College is working to address  food sytem challenges globally and has recently launched its Ag2Africa, Ag2Americas, and Ag2Asia initiatives. Each of these unique programs are comprehensive in approach, combining research, teaching and extension with full participation of students, faculty and staff to bring the best ideas and approaches to complex issues. The College has developed partnerships with agricultural, educational and research institutions around the world for joint research, faculty and student exchanges, and other collaborative projects. Our work via our Central and Eastern European Program, particularly Ukraine, in the last few decades has been instrumental as countries in that region looked to agriculture and rural development as key to democracy building and the transition process to market economies.

Our students have the opportunity to study around the world on a variety of programs of varying duration. Through these programs and with support of our donor community, our students are able to build the competencies needed to work in today's global economy. Students can solidify their international education through our undergraduate minor in International Agriculture (INTAG) or at the M.S. and PhD levels via the dual title degree program in International Agriculture and Development (INTAD). INTAD allows graduate students to combine their primary degree with a second degree bringing international perspective and skill development for global work.

Our new Gender in Agriculture and Environment Initiative builds on the College's experiences in gender research for the last 30 years and brings it to today's challenges.  With funding from the CGIAR, USAID, and others, the College has become the home to new research, teaching and outreach programming to integrate gender into its food, water, and environment projects.

During the past fifteen years, the College has received close to $70 million for international research, teaching and extension programs. The Office of International Programs in the College has been instrumental in providing seed funds, administrative and technical guidance, as well as logistical support for these programs.