This very recently funded EU-US program is supported by the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE program. This builds on the success of the Renewable Resources and Clean Technology program and broadens the field of study to food as non-food agricultural materials and applications.
The University of Arkansas is the U.S. lead institution of a EU-US consortium, with partners at Iowa State University and Kansas State University. The European partners are Ghent University, Belgium; Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria; and the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. An important objective of the consortium is to facilitate transatlantic student research and education.
|Participating European Universities
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Ghent University is an integral part of the complex network of European universities and is involved in many international projects in the areas of research and education. Several of the University's labs are working at the cutting edge in fields like genetics, biotechnology and physical land resources.
The University has an emphasis on the use of carbohydrate, lipids and clean technology. Many courses are offered in English, including those in the departments of Physical Land Resources, Environmental Sanitation, and Food Science and Technology.
Dr. Koen Dewettinck
Department of Food Technology and Nutrition
Coupure Links 652
B-9 Gent, Belgium
Phone: +32 (0)9 264 61 65
Fax: +32 (0)9 264 62 18
Roland Verhe, Professor
Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences
Voice: +32 (0) 9 264 59 54
The University of Graz ranks as one of Austria's principal intellectual institutions. It is characterized by an international spirit, a creative atmosphere and supreme academic achievements. The individual faculties have special profiles that are reflected in their curricula. The University also encourages interdisciplinary studies.
The University has extended educational and research programs in renewable resources dealing with carbohydrates and biodiesel, life cycle analysis of bioresources and green refinery. Courses at the University of Graz are taught in German.
Anton Huber, Associate Professor
Institute of Chemistry
Phone: +43 316 380 5419
The Laboratory of Agro Industrial Chemistry at Toulouse Polytechnic University is in ENSIACET, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University. It is a major institution using biorenewable agricultural products to develop new industrial materials and to extract valuable chemical for commercial use. The University has educational and research programs in renewable resources chemistry and engineering dealing with biomass utilization and extraction by green refining.
Laboratory of Agro-Industrial Chemistry brochure (PDF)
Carlos Vaca-Garcia, Associate Professor
National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse
Phone: +33 5 62 88 57 19
All students participating in the program should receive language training prior to departure and while studying at the host institution. Training can consist of personal tutors, courses or other language training opportunities either in Arkansas prior to departure or in the host country after arrival.
Most courses will be taught in English at each of the three European universities. The University of Graz (Austria) does offer their courses in German and the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (France) will teach some of their courses in English and some in French.
Students traveling to Austria and France will be required to take a language examination in French or German. Students who are not taking courses and only conducting research will not be required to take this exam. However, language skills are desirable for cultural and social integration.
Students must be full-time students enrolled at the University of Arkansas. UA students traveling abroad will pay regular tuition to the U of A. No extra costs will be charged for tuition, laboratory or library use at the host institution.
Housing and food costs, up to $3,000, will be provided for each student to cover expenses.
Students will work with Dr. Andrew Proctor to secure travel plans and funding.
While at the host university, students will reside in university housing. Student support services and tutors will be available to students while they are abroad as part of the program. Students will also have a support system in place at the U of A while they are studying abroad.