Auburn University is a comprehensive land, sea and space-grant university. The International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments (ICAAE) is a function of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, named the top fisheries graduate program in the US by the US Department of Agriculture, CSREES in June 2006. With its research, teaching and international development assistance efforts, ICAAE has had tremendous influence on fisheries and aquaculture programs throughout the world. Over one-third of the 1280 students who have completed advanced degrees in Fisheries from Auburn University have been from developing countries, and another 250 international students have received either a B.S. degree or non-degree training. These students are providing the leadership for the development of aquaculture and fisheries in the developing countries. Presently, the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures has academic exchange agreements with the following institutions:
Ocean University of China – A 5-year agreement, signed in 2007, provides for the exchange of faculty and students, collaboration on research, publications and curriculum development. Every year, 10 to 15 students from Ocean University begin a Masters or PhD program at Auburn.
Ocean University of China and Shanghai Ocean University - A NIFA ISE grant for faculty and student exchange.
Can Tho University, Vietnam - Faculty exchange and curriculum development, 1994- present. Activities under this agreement are funded by the government of Vietnam through the Mekong 1000 project.
Nong Lam University, Vietnam - Faculty exchange and curriculum development, 2010 – 2015.
Research Institute for Aquaculture 1, Vietnam – Academic interchange, 2000 – 2015