The UC Davis Department of Nutrition and UC Davis Extension’s International English and Professional Programs (IEPP) collaborate to bring a group of twenty-two Japanese students and two faculty members from Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (NUAS) to UC Davis each summer. The program is a twenty-day, specially-designed program held each August. This unique partnership began in 2007, when NUAS contacted Nancy Hudson, MS, RD (Emeritus) from the Department of Nutrition regarding bringing a group of dietetics students to UC Davis. After Ms. Hudson’s retirement in 2012, the program is now coordinated by Joan Frank, MS, RDN, Assistant Program Director, Dietetics. The program is a model partnership between the Department of Nutrition, providing the academic content of the program, and UC Davis Extension, providing the logistical support.
The successful program consists of lectures on various nutrition-related topics given by faculty members and local dietitians in addition to food and nutrition tours and field trips on campus and the surrounding area. The students visit sites on campus including the Segundo Dining Commons and Culinary Support Center, the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, the UC Davis Sensory Innovation Laboratory, the Student Farm, and the Robert Mondavi Institute and its associated brewery and winery. Off campus, the program visits UCSF Medical Center and the Food Service Technology Center in San Ramon. In addition to the academic component of the program, the group enjoys museums, activities, and opportunities to interact with American and other international students.
The NUAS students share their culture with the Program Faculty on the final evening of the program at the Farewell Dinner. This past year, the students provided an array of Japanese cultural activities including sushi making and dressing in kimono.