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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
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
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.)