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Jan. 31, 2005

IIHR Prepares To Hold Course In Turkey May 21-June 4

The University of Iowa College of Engineering's IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering will hold its sixth "International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning" course from May 21 through June 4 in Turkey.

The course, sponsored by IIHR and 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. The course offers up to three hours of credit and is intended for young professionals and graduate students who wish to become engineers, economists, planners, legal and management specialists, or environmental, social and political scientists. This year, the course was added in the series of short courses offered by the European Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (EGW) of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research ( This is the first non-European course offering in the series.

The Turkey program is being organized in cooperation with Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. The course begins with preparatory lectures delivered by experts in March through May at the UI -- and video taped for viewing by off-campus participants -- on the history, culture and water resources projects of Turkey. During the visit abroad, participants will interact with local students and attend seminars on various aspects of water resources projects, as well as visit technical, historical, and cultural sites. At the conclusion of the course, participants will write post-visit reports for course credit.

IIHR staff members Marian Muste, V.C. Patel, and Larry Weber will accompany the students at various stages during the course.

Applications, available from the UI Office for Study Abroad (319-335-0353), must be completed and deposited at the office by Feb. 28.

Additional information about the 2005 course can be found by visiting the course Web site (, contacting course organizer Ceyda Polatel (, or 319-335-6408) or calling the UI Office for Study Abroad at 319-335-0353.

Larry Weber, IIHR director, says that the International Perspectives course is just one of many factors that make IIHR a truly international institute for teaching and research. IIHR has alumni in some 49 countries. Past courses have been held in India, Taiwan and Japan, China, Eastern Europe and Argentina.

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