In 1980, LU established an International Programs Office (IPO). With this office in place, LU confirmed its determination to play an increasingly important role in international development. Through two consecutive US presidential appointments, Dr. Wendell G. Rayburn, Past President of Lincoln University served as a member with the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development and Economic Cooperation (BIFADEC). BIFADEC assists the USAID administrator in carrying out the title XII mission of the Agency.
Lincoln's permanent faculty are involved in many international projects. One of LU's agronomists served, as the Chief of Party for a major USAID Natural Resource Management project in Uganda and prior to that served with USAID/REDSO/ESA in Nairobi, Kenya as a natural resource/agronomy advisor for the entire region and Chief of Party in Guinea. Lincoln University was the lead institution for two concurrent ongoing multi-million dollar USAID projects in Malawi, East Africa, with the University of Malawis Bunda College of Agriculture. One in the area of human nutrition and animal science, the other to establish the Agricultural Sector Policy Unit at Bunda. LU also partnered with Tennessee State University and the Lviv Institute of Management in the Ukraine for a two and one-half year USAID project. LU continues to collaborate with the University of Missouri in their linkage activities involving the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Lincoln along with three other HBCUs is partnered with ACDI/VOCA on a Worldwide Farmer to Farmer program with the greatest concentration in the Greater Horn of Africa. LU is involved in a long-term project with University of Minnesota in Senegal in the area of horticultural commodities trade with the US. This project is a part of USAIDs continent wide Trade & Investment Policy Program (ATRIP). LU has just concluded a 4 year, multi-million dollar USAID project in Egypt with The Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), led by the University of Illinois. This Cooperative Agreement for the Institutional Linkages Activity (ILA) of the Agricultural Exports and Rural Income (AERI) project partner institutions, included Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, University of Florida, Lincoln University, and Chemonics International, in addition to several Egyptian and European institutions. The project strengthened public/private international relations, assisted Egyptian universities with graduate capacity building and also included a biotechnology component.
Since its inception, LU's I.P.O. has brought and conducted non-AID type development opportunities involving the university, including: "Workshop in Agribusiness Management" in the Caribbean, funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); "Grain Consumption and Preparation in Upper Volta," funded by the Center for Women in Development of South East Consortium for International Development (SECID); "Growth of External Debt of Selected Caribbean Basin Countries and its implication for U.S. Trade in Farm Products," funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and, "An Assessment of the Changes in the Patterns of Trade of Central American Countries in the 1970's," funded by USDA/Economic Research Service (ERS). Training of Women Leaders in Cooperative and Business Management from Zimbabwe funded by USIA, administered by IIE, etc.
LU has a strong involvement in participant training. Over the past several years, LU has trained more than 800 international participants both long- and short-term in public administration, agriculture, natural resources, farm cooperatives, private sector development, electric cooperative, and many other areas of human endeavors. Through its International Programs activities, the university has brought participants involving USAID/Reimbursable Training Program (RTP) Nigerian Task Force and the Technical Teacher Training Program (TTTP); the Phelps Stokes Fund for African Paramedics Training (APT) and the Southern African Manpower Development Assistance Program (SAMDAP); the Presidential Training Initiatives for the Island Caribbean (PTIIC), the Central American Peace Scholarship (CAPS), Andean Peace Scholarship (APS) and others. LU has been training people from various countries in private sector development including AID participants from Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, and several other African countries. The International Programs Office was awarded a short-term training program in the area of Public Administration for several high level governmental officials from Slovakia charged with the task of decentralizing the Slovak government.
Since its inception, LU has been involved with the Cochran Middle Income Country (MIC) training program administered by USDA/OICD. Through the MIC program, Lincoln has provided short-term (1-12 weeks) custom-tailored training for professionals from China, Cape Verde, Cote dIvore, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, Oman, Turkey, Yemen, Poland, Albania, Belarus, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Armenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad. Lincoln also has been providing solicited and unsolicited custom tailored short-term training programs for various USAID missions worldwide, including a recent collaboration with USDA for the training of a high level Nigerian Agricultural Ministry team.
In August of 2007 Lincoln hosted its first USDA/FAS/Norman F. Borlaug International Agricultural Sciences and Technology Fellow from Bahrain. A second fellow from Egypt will arrive in early 2008.
LU faculty are encouraged to incorporate an international dimension into their teaching and research, and administrative policies and procedures are in place that support this mission. Time spent on overseas assignments is regarded as time spent in residence, and is cumulative toward the length of service in granting leaves and in promotion and tenure considerations.
In April 2007, LU signed two Memorandums of Understanding with Lincoln College of Malaysia to provide a joint International MBA Degree, and a certification in Hotel/Motel Hospitality.
Lincoln University's International Programs Office has a permanent, experienced office staff to provide the necessary back-stopping and support services required for LU professionals assigned to overseas and/or in other development projects/activities.