With funding from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, UTIA and Colegio de Postgraduados (ColPos) Campus Cordoba are developing an international exchange between students and faculty. 100,000 Strong is the signature program of the U.S. Department of State’s western hemisphere’s education initiative, and is co-sponsored by Mexican institutions Fundacion Banorte and Fundacion Gruma, to provide students with access to new models of academic exchange and training programs.
Dr. Carlos Trejo-Pech (Agricultural and Resource Economics) leads this project. Faculty and staff involved in this project also include Margarita Velandia, Adam Willcox, Sara Mulville and Roselia Servin-Juarez, who had the opportunity to conduct a sabbatical at UTIA in 2019.
The overall project objectives are to: 1. Create a faculty-led trip course with a focus on the economic performance and sustainability of small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises in Mexico. 2. Build university faculty research capacity by cultivating collaborations among faculty of UTIA and a leading agricultural oriented higher education institution in Mexico, ColPos Cordoba.
The AGNR 491 course is planned for the second week of January during newly instated UT Winter 2022 term. The study abroad course will take students to ColPos, in the state of Veracruz, where they will receive lectures, field and lab training on aspects related with coffee production, processing, and sensory analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to visit coffee enterprises around Cordoba in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced by coffee supply chain participants in this producing region. This experimental learning will include interaction with ColPos students and faculty who will later in the year visit UT as part of the exchange program.