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Report on an international study tour to Vietnam for final year Bachelor of Science(Agriculture) students.

Report on an international study tour to Vietnam for final year Bachelor of Science(Agriculture) students.

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  • 1. Broadening student horizons with international experiences
    Alison Southwell & Jason Condon
    “The world was my University” Gandhi
    “There is no longer a clear division between what is foreign and what is domestic. The world economy, the world environment, the world AIDS crisis, the world’s arms race – they affect us all” Bill Clinton, 1993.
  • 2. Overview:
    • 21 students & 2 lecturers (14 men, 9 women)
    • 3. 95% rural/farming background
    • 4. Around 25% had travelled internationally – none to a developing country
    • 5. At least 3 students had never been on a plane before.
    Purpose
    Where we went
    What we saw
    Survey results
    Individual feedback
    The value of international study experiences in Agricultural education and student development
  • 6. Aims/purpose of the trip…
    Increase student knowledge of international agricultural systems (tropical systems)
    Broaden students’ “global mindedness” or world views
    Increase student confidence
    Increase collegiality amongst students
    Improve student experiences/course satisfaction (marketing spin-offs)
  • 7. Cần Thơ
    Vung Tau
    PhuQuoc
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Ca Mau
    Where we went in Vietnam: The Mekong delta
  • 8. What we did (28th June – 12th July 2009)
  • 9. What we saw: Cần Thơ University
    College of Agriculture, Can Tho University
  • 10.
  • 11. Rice production
    • Acid sulfate soils
  • 12. Dutch lady dairy company
  • 13. Recreation time…
  • 14. Survey outcomes
  • 15. Survey outcomes
  • 16. Individual feedback
  • 17. Individual feedback
    “I am now aware of the struggles in agriculture in a developing country. I am happy to pay taxes to receive the benefits that we do in Australian Ag.”
    This was an affordable and totally different culture to what we’re used to. – A Learning experience on so many levels.”
    “This opened many people's eyes to a totally different style of living”
    “This trip opened my eyes to a different world.”
    “It was great to really get to know the other students and even the lecturers!”
    “If you behave and know the rules, then nothing to worry about. Must be careful though.”
    The number of students that would contemplate working overseas increased by 50%.
  • 18. Value of international study experiences in Agricultural education & student development
    Younes & Asay (2003) state that there are both intentional and incidental learning that occurs on both conscious and unconscious levels during international study tours.
    The study tour achieved all its intentional aims
    Increase student knowledge of international agricultural systems (tropical systems)
    Broaden students’ “global mindedness” or world views
    Increase student confidence
    Increase collegiality amongst students
    Improve student experiences/course satisfaction (marketing spin-offs)
    but also much incidental learning occurred
    Younes, M. N. & Asay, S. M., (2003) The World as a Classroom: The Impact of International Study Experiences on College Students. College Teaching, 51
  • 19. Incidental learning outcomes
    Increased awareness of other cultures made them evaluate their own cultural beliefs
    Helped clarify career goals/professional aspirations
    Better thinking skills
    Multi-disciplinary integration
    Deeper understanding of complexities & realities
    Decision making
    Experienced group dynamics
    Negotiate their own personal needs
    Tolerate opposing views
    Manage difficult personalities
    Personal growth/self discovery
    Unearthed new personal insights
    Gained new perspectives
    Discovered ethnocentric beliefs
    Realised their own competence
  • 20. Planning has begun for 2010…