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Global Competency and Issues in Contemporary Education / Agroforestry

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We performed a five year integrated research, extension and education project aimed at strengthening global competence of students and faculty through collaboration in forestry. We sought to improve our students' ability to cooperate, increase their understanding of global dynamics of forestry markets and enhance their knowledge of various approaches to forest management and conservation with Chile as the focus. The project had four key components: (1) facilitate faculty and student involvement in Chile through Spanish language training, a website, and visits by Chilean faculty; (2) support NC State faculty and student research and study in Chile through travel grants and study tours; (3) build on faculty sabbaticals in Chile by funding student research assistants; and (4) disseminate information from Chile through multiple channels to both the university and professional communities. The faculty exchange visits; graduate student research; and participation of NCSU students, faculty and staff in the study tours to Chile had substantial effects when the participants returned to the US and disseminated information about their experiences through both formal and informal mechanisms. Both students and faculty at NCSU are more aware of forestry research, policy and management in Chile. Faculty at NCSU and Chilean universities Universidad de ConcepciĆ³n and Universidad de Austral have established a strong basis for collaboration and are continuing to work together on funding proposals, research, and papers. Students who participated in the study tours learned about both the culture and forestry in Chile, including similarities, differences, and lessons for the US. This presentation will describe the activities, outcomes and ongoing impacts of the project.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.675 (Rank 20/64 in forestry)

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