Mount Union’s On-Going Relationship with China
Mount Union truly has a long-standing relationship with China and is always continuing to strengthen ties. Over the years, students, faculty, staff and trustees have traveled overseas to build relationships with individuals and other institutions of higher education and learn how Mount Union can create an educational environment filled with varying forms of diversity, including Chinese.
In the last five years, Mount Union has appointed an individual to serve as assistant to the president of diversity, developed a diversity plan and spearheaded numerous faculty-led trips to China.
Below is a timeline detailing Mount Union’s relationship with China over the last five years.
A group of Mount Union students will travel in May with faculty members on a three-week cultural and historical trip to China. Students will take Chinese language and culture classes at Peking University and attend field trips to historical sites.
Mount Union President Dr. Richard F. Giese, members of the Board of Trustees and other guests traveled to China to further relationships at Shanghai University and Peking University in May. On behalf of Mount Union, Giese signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. This agreement brings together the two institutions in a way that will allow them to further discuss student exchanges, a formal program for visiting students and other academic exchange activities.
In May, a group of Mount Union students studied Chinese culture and language at the China Studies Institute associated with the Department of History at Peking University.
Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication, taught intercultural business at the University of Shanghai in Shanghai, China during the summer of 2009. This was her fifth time teaching abroad through the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC).
In October, Mount Union formed the Center for Global Education, which serves as the “global hub” on campus for any international related endeavor. The Center encompasses all things international – international admission, international student services, the study abroad program, international initiatives as well as international education involvement.
Dr. Liangwu Yin, associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies Program, sent his sabbatical leave teaching at Beijing University in Beijing, China.
While Yin was on sabbatical leave, Dr. William Coleman Jr., professor of communication and assistant to the president for diversity affairs, spent three weeks in China exploring possible connections to Chinese institutions of higher learning. He met with vice-presidents, deans, department chairs, undergraduate and graduate students at Northeast Normal University in Changchun City, Jilin Province and Hefei University in Hefei, Anhui Province.
Dr. William Coleman Jr., professor of communication (now co-chair of the Department of Communication), was appointed to the newly-created position of assistant to the president for diversity.