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11 students visiting China in Confucius Institute program

Eleven WKU students are visiting China as part of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s 2016 Winter Program “Leading through a Cultural Lens.”

A group of WKU students is visiting China as part of the Confucius Institute's 2016 Winter Program.

A group of WKU students is visiting China as part of the Confucius Institute’s 2016 Winter Program.

After completing seven programs during the summer of 2015, the Confucius Institute partnered with the Graduate School and the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program to send students to China led by Terrill Martin, managing director of the CI at WKU, and Dr. Kenyetta Martin, post-doctoral research fellow.

Three students from the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and eight graduate students are participating in the Dec. 27-Jan. 10 program.

The focus of “Leading through a Cultural Lens” is to analyze gender and its impact on both the education and business sectors in China, and to compare and contrast with that of the United States.

Students participating in the trip include Berenice Anaya of Bowling Green, Lisa Hampton of Bowling Green, Chaquille Johnson of Madisonville, Meagan Luttrell of Shepherdsville, Cre’Sena Manning of Bowling Green, Keira Martin of Louisville, Kanglei Meng of China, Candice Perry of Westerville, Ohio, Shannon Sales of Bowling Green, Allison Sklenar of Youngstown, Ohio, and Simone Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana.

The WKU group has attended lectures from faculty at North China Electric Power University and visited Chinese-owned companies Beijing Sifang Company Ltd. and Beijing Life Science Park and American-owned businesses ZETEC and DD Williamson Ingredients (Shanghai) Ltd. The lectures and company visits provided the students with an opportunity to have open discussions with CEOs, key business leaders, staff and professors, whom openly shared their first-hand knowledge of the role that gender has played in making key leadership decisions in both the business and education sectors.

As part of the Confucius Institute's 2016 Winter Program, WKU students have visited several companies.

As part of the Confucius Institute’s 2016 Winter Program, WKU students have visited several companies.

“Beginning in 2014, the CI at WKU has become deliberate about creating programs which are focused on specific research topic, which could be used to further cooperative opportunities between WKU and China,” Martin said. “While the CI at WKU is not an academic unit, this diversity in our programming has also allowed us to partner with various programs, departments and colleges within WKU, such as the Gordon Ford College of Business, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Modern Languages, Gatton Academy, Department of Agriculture, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and the Graduate School.”

In 2016, the CI at WKU is recruiting for the 3rd Annual Confucius China Study Plan, which is in a partnership with the 798 Art District in China. That group is interested in bringing a delegation of 13 museum curators, gallery owners and artists together, whom have influence and are interested in hosting an art exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art in 2017 and beyond. This trip scheduled for May 3-14; anyone interested in participating should contact Terrill Martin at (270) 792-9330 or via email at terrill.martin@wku.edu.

About the CI at WKU: The CI at WKU’s programs seek to be more language, culture and research focused. The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone 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, terrill.martin@wku.edu

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