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. Other UT faculty and staff involved in this project include Margarita Velandia, Adam Willcox, Sara Mulville. ColPos counterparts include Victorino Morales Ramos 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.
2022 WINTER MINI-TERM STUDY ABROAD
The AGNR 491 course took place the second week of January during newly instated UT Winter 2022 term. Students visited ColPos, in the state of Veracruz, where they receive lectures, field and lab training on aspects related to coffee production, processing, and sensory analysis. Students had 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 included interaction with ColPos students and faculty who will later in the year visit UT as part of an international co-mentoring program.
For more information about this upcoming program please contact Carlos Trejo-Pech , Adam Willcox, and/or Sara Mulville.
STUDENTS’ TRIP EXPERIENCES
Winter Mini-Term Mexico Study Abroad
The May 2021 edition of the UT Agricultural and Resource Economics Department’s Econogram provides more information on pages 12-13.