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New UI study abroad program in India offered

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Study Abroad Center and the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research have announced a new study abroad program focusing on water resource projects around the world.

"International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning," will begin this winter and will run from Monday, Dec. 29 - Saturday, Jan. 17. Each year students will visit a country or region for intensive study of the historical, cultural, social, economic, ethical, environmental and political conditions that impact water resources projects in that area.

"This is a particularly exciting opportunity because it is targeted towards students who have fewer opportunities to study abroad and offers a wide array of experiences in a short time period," said Study Abroad Center Director Janis Perkins.This year's program is a visit to Gujrat, India. Students will attend seminars on the history, culture and water resources of India, with special emphasis on planning, socio-economic and environmental impacts, rehabilitation programs and problems, and legal aspects of water resource projects in the region, including the controversial Narmada Dam project. Students also will visit projects at the Mahi River and the Narmada River, an archeological site in Lothal, and historical monuments in Agra, Delhi and Amdavad.

The program is designed for seniors and graduate students who wish to become engineers, economists, planners, legal and management specialists and environmental, social and political scientists. The faculty director is Subhash C. Jain, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Students can learn more about the program or receive application materials by calling Perkins at (319)335-0353 or visiting the Study Abroad Center, 28 International Center.

The Study Abroad Center is part of the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES). OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming, and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. About 2,000 foreign students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study and work on campus, and each year more than 400 UI students study abroad in programs and exchanges in more than 35 countries.


(EDITORS NOTE: Contacts for this story are Subhash Jain, professor of civil and environmental engineering, (319)335-5217; Virenda Patel, director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research and professor of mechanical engineering, (319)335-5244; and Janis Perkins, director of the Study Abroad Center, (319)335-0353.)