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Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research plans May 1999 course in Japan/Taiwan

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) has announced that it will hold the second course in its "International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning" series in Japan and Taiwan during May 1999 and the third course in China during 2000.

The series, held in cooperation with the UI Office for Study Abroad, allows students to visit a country or region for intensive study of the historical, cultural, social, economic, ethical, environmental and political conditions that affect that region's water resources projects. It is designed for seniors and graduate students who plan to become engineers, economists, planners, legal and management specialists, as well as environmental, social and political scientists.

The first program in the series took place last winter when students visited Gujrat, India under the leadership of Subhash C. Jain, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering. According to Jain, the course provided its 13 participants with "invaluable international experience and an appreciation of the many factors that influence water resources planning and management in a developing country."

Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director, says that water resources series is just one of many programs that make the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research a truly international institute for teaching and research.

IIHR international efforts, in addition to the India course and planned Japan/Taiwan and China courses, include:
* A collaborative research agreement, signed earlier this year, with the Danish Hydraulics Institute.
* A long-term cooperative effort continues between IIHR and Osaka University, University of Osaka Prefecture, Hiroshima University, Yokohama National University, and Kobe University of Mercantile Marine for ship hydrodynamics.
* A collaborative research agreement on combined computational and experimental ship hydrodynamics continues with INSEAN in Italy and the Danish Maritime Institute.

Additionally, the IIHR has more than 200 alumni in some 49 countries, including Taiwan with 30, India with 19, Korea with 17, Japan and China with 15 each, and Venezuela with 12.

Students may learn more about the water resources planning series by contacting Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director (319) 335-5244; Janis Perkins, director of the Office for Study Abroad (319) 335-0353; or the IIHR web site (