China IFE – Fall 2018


Shanghai_aerial_SMLChina - Rice TerracesHong Kong, on the Pearl River Estuary, is the engine that drives the world’s largest megacity, according to The World Bank. Yet three-quarters of it remains natural. Lying in the tropics, there are over 100 species of dragonflies in Hong Kong. Guilin, a provincial city 515 kilometers (320 mi) to the northwest, straddles the Li River, in the heart of one of the most iconic landscapes in the world. Industrialization, agriculture, development, and tourism all rely on this landscape. These two cities are the bases to explore 21st Century sustainability in one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing regions of the world.

Themes: urban sustainability, coastal management, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism.

Virginia Tech semester: Fall 2018
IFE Dates: October 21 – 30, 2018
Faculty Lead:  Daniel Marcucci
Program Fee:  $3300 (does not include graduate tuition or international airfare)
Registration Deadline:  August 1, 2018

CLiGS International Field Experiences provide opportunities for graduate students and professionals to travel and gain international sustainability experience in rapidly developing regions of the world. Offered as part of a graduate level course through Virginia Tech’s Master of Natural Resources degree program (NR 5114 – Global Issues in Natural Resources), participants earn three graduate credits from Virginia Tech for their participation in the course and project. The course is conducted online, except for the ten-day fieldwork element conducted in China.  Graduate credits earned through this project can be applied to the Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability, and the online and global formats of the Master of Natural Resources degree.