HUNAU, has been expanding its international exchanges continuously, and has set up close relation with more than ten countries.

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International Communication

Since "The Tenth Five-Year Plan", HUNAU(Hunan Agricultural University) has seen a substantial development in its international exchange and cooperation, which has shifted from general "welcoming foreign visitors" and sending staff members overseas for fieldwork to launching real and concrete cooperation programs with international counterparts. Due to such a development, HUNAU is now witnessing its IEC programs enjoying an expanded scale, a deepened content, diversified cooperating methods and broadened cooperating areas. Hence an international cooperation network which covers all colleges (faculties and departments) and involves all the first-class subjects is taking its initial shape. The international exchange and cooperation has helped HUNAU to further communication with higher educational institutions and scientific research institutes from abroad; strengthened the nurturing of students that have high creativity; increased the number of the students and staff members who were sent by the university to study abroad and broadened the scope of cooperation and research; improved the efficiency of oversea dispatching; boosted the international admission and its quality; expanded the scale of educational programs that are co-launched by the university and its foreign counterparts, and given guidance for the healthy development of such programs.

The IECD(International Exchange & Cooperation Division) of HUNAU functions as an implement of the university's policies on foreign affairs, and as a coordinator in the international exchange and cooperation. Its main responsibilities are planning, carrying out, guiding and coordinating of the work in foreign affairs, as well as in managing of specified administrative affairs of HANAU.

1. Intercollegiate Exchange
Engaging in communication and cooperation with overseas universities, especially prestigious one constitutes a most important aspect in HUNAU's work in foreign affairs. Such steady and contractual interactivities and academic exchanges with foreign counterparts have beefed up the construction of the university's teaching subjects and enhanced the development of its teaching programs and scientific research, thus producing a momentum in its drive to become an international and interdisciplinary university characterized by high-level teaching and research, as an attempt to wield more influence overseas. HUNAU sticks to an "opening to the outside world" policy in the running of the university and there is also a Board of Directors responsible for its administration. The university has established a relationship with and engaged in technological cooperation and academic exchange with over 20 universities from more than 10 countries, such as Japan, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and so on. These universities include Kagoshima University, Okayama University and The University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan; Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Canada£¨Rajamangala Institute of Technology in Thailand, Central Luzon State university in Philippine, Agricultural University of Wroclaw in Poland, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria and the University of Greenwich in Britain, to name just a few. Especially, the university signed an agreement with Rajamangala Institute of Technology in Thailand on mutual exchange of students for a short-term training program. HUNAU has altogether sent 42 students in three times to Rajamangala Institute of Technology since 2002. Accordingly, Rajamangala Institute of Technology has also sent 16 students and teachers to HUNAU for advanced training courses. Through the exchange of both teachers and students between them, both of these two institutions cooperate with each other more closely now and have realized the sharing of teaching resources.

2. Being abroad for public affairs
In order to implement the "going global" strategy and learn the advanced theories from aboard, the university has dispatched some teachers and administrative cadres abroad for fieldwork, visits, academic exchanges and participation in international academic conference. In recent years, the university has dispatched over 300 staff members to 15 countries and regions, including USA, UK, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines and H.K.SAR and so on. The Princess Maha Chakrisirindhorn received the delegation which was led by President Zhou Qingming in 2004.

3. Experts Visits
HUNAU actively participates in international cooperation and communication. There are always frequent visits to the university by foreign experts for the purpose of cross-boundary cooperation and research. These visits not only boost the university's image abroad, but also serve as a precondition and a necessary environment for HUNAU to seek wider international cooperation, thus pressing ahead with its all-round development. From 2001 to 2004, over 400 foreign experts from Poland, Ethiopia, USA, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, EU, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Turkey, France, Russia, and H.K.SAR, covering 15 countries and regions, paid altogether 61 visits to HUNAU.

4. International Cooperation
HUNAU, through application for international cooperation programs with Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, State Administrative Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs, Bureau of Science and Technology of Hunan Province, Bureau of Foreign Affairs of Hunan Province and Bureau of Agriculture of Hunan Province, has been granted more than 1 million RMB. Its successful application with MST in 2005 and 2006 for the program entitled "Theory and Technology Applied in the Fine Processing of Tea Leaves" has made the university the venue for the international Training Workshop on this subject, attracting 31 trainees from 7 countries which included Thailand, Malaysia, DPRK, Montenegro, Philippines and Indonesia and raising funds of more than 400 thousand RMB.

5. Employment of Foreign experts
As a way to implement the education strategy of our country, enhance teaching qualities, speeding up economic construction and social development, diversify teaching subjects, and efficiently take on foreign experts, so as to better serve higher education, HUNAU, in recent years, has employed 20-odd foreign experts on language teaching and 10-odd technological ones, all of whom have contributed greatly to the steady progress of HUNAU's foreign language teaching and scientific research.