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Confucius Institute at WKU to lead 5 trips to China this summer

As if leading The Symphony at WKU in the summer of 2013 wasn’t enough, the Confucius Institute at WKU will be even busier this summer with five trips to China.

PrintThe Confucius Institute at WKU has formed strategic partnerships that will lead to varied and significant results.

“The Confucius Institute at WKU is a conduit of all that is China,” said Terrill Martin, managing director of CI at WKU. “These far-reaching partnerships will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students.”

‘Chinese Business Management’ course

First, the CI at WKU has partnered with the Gordon Ford College of Business to lead a group of 16 business students to China through a Study Abroad class titled “Chinese Business Management.” The three-hour course is the first of its kind as it relates to China, as the class will visit four Kentucky-based companies with locations in both China and Kentucky.

The companies that will be visited May 18-June 5 are Alltech (headquartered in Lexington with a plant in Tianjin, China); Zoeller Company and ZETEC Technologies (headquartered in Louisville with plants in Shanghai, China, and Taipei, Taiwan); and Source International (headquartered in Louisville with a plant in Xiamen, China).

“This is just the beginning for faculty-led study abroad opportunities as it relates to China,” Martin said. “I foresee partnering with professors from all disciplines across WKU to create study abroad opportunities for other faculty, staff and students.”

Also, making the trip will be Dr. Richard Keaster and Dr. Joseph Cangemi, faculty members from WKU’s Educational Leadership Doctoral Program who will be conducting site visits for their China abroad class taking place in the summer of 2015.

‘Understanding China’ trip

Second, for the first time, the CI at WKU will lead 12 school superintendents, principals, administrators and others on a 10-day trip to Beijing. “Understanding China” will focus on the observation and research on teaching leadership in the Chinese educational system.

“This trip will give American educators a deeper understanding of the Chinese educational system, which in turn, gives American educators more knowledge and insight on how best to handle the Chinese teachers in the American classrooms,” said Betty Yu, associate director of CI at WKU.

The June 6-16 trip consists of two school superintendents, four principals, two assistant principals, two media students and two vice presidents of local businesses.

WKU President to discuss leadership with CI staff

Third, WKU President Gary Ransdell has been personally invited by Madame Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, to speak to the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters staff on leadership.

During his July 5-7 visit to Beijing, Dr. Ransdell will discuss how leadership is defined, what is effective leadership, conditions of leadership and what sustained leadership means as Hanban/Confucius Institute opens its doors to allow someone from the U.S. Confucius Institute family to train their staff.

High school students visit China

Fourth, for the fourth year the CI at WKU will lead high school students to China. In the past three years, 30 students have toured China as part of this program. This year, a record-setting 20 students will take flight on July 16 and will visit the provinces of Jilin and Guanxi, China.

The group will include five students from the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, five from the Gatton Academy, two from St. Francis High School, two from Bowling Green High School, one from Franklin-Simpson High School, one from Louisville Collegiate, one from Hendersonville, Tenn., and three community members.

ICSET, agriculture delegation

Fifth, the CI at WKU and the Institute for Combustion Science & Environmental Technology (ICSET) were approached by a Chinese Consortium that is seeking the following:

  • Direction on how to apply the same food regulations of the USDA toward the management of a diversified farming operations;
  • Discuss the ability of the soil and certain practices to produce vegetation crops in an urban setting (limited space);
  • How to involve corporate partnerships into a family farming situation.

The WKU delegation of Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, CI and ICSET representative; Dr. Jack Rudolph, head of WKU’s Agriculture Department; Dr. Hanna (John) Khouryieh, Food Science professor; Darwin Newton, USDA representative; Greg Drake, USDA representative; and Martin Cohron, ICSET and Kentucky farmer, will set flight on Aug. 1 to meet with the consortium in Beijing and Baoding.

More: For those interested in furthering research, creating study abroad programs or seeking internship opportunities as it relates to China, contact Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530.

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