two separate trips to China by Metro State faculty, staff and students
last month are expected to lead to future collaborations between the
College and various Chinese institutions of higher education.
Jordan-led trip to Kunming and Chengdu
Director Betsy Zeller, who along with several other faculty and staff
accompanied President Stephen Jordan to China, said the delegation
signed two agreements, one with Yunnan Radio and Television University
(YNRTVU) in Kunming and one with the Ministry of Education in the
The Yunnan agreement formalized the sister school relationship
between Metro State and YNRTVU, committing both colleges to encourage
and support faculty and student exchanges and other forms of
cooperation. The agreement is expected to be amended when these
activities are finalized.
In addition, the delegation was informed that the joint grant
application that Metro State and YNRTVU had submitted to the Chinese
Ministry of Education to establish a Confucius Institute at Metro State
had passed preliminary review. The two institutions are now in process
of submitting more information toward the grant application. Confucius
Institutes are centers funded by the Chinese government to promote
Chinese language and culture and interaction between higher education
institutions in China and their global counterparts.
in Kunming, the delegation attended the national Disabled
Sports Persons Meeting, at which they represented Denver, Kunming's
Sister City, on behalf of Mayor John Hickenlooper. An interview
between Jordan and the deputy mayor of Kunming, in which Jordan
presented a letter from Hickenlooper, was aired on a news broadcast in
Kunming that night.
In Chengdu, Metro State’s delegates met with representatives from
Sichuan University (SU), Chengdu Metropolitan University and the
Chengdu Municipal Education Bureau. There they formalized a memorandum
with the education bureau to enhance educational cooperation between
Metro State and institutions of higher education in Chengdu.
“This memorandum turned out to be even better than we had
anticipated,” said Zeller, noting that the agreement with the bureau
broadened the scope of the agreement, originally planned just with SU.
Zeller said the Intensive Language Training Center at SU has already
established a relationship with Douglas County Schools, which currently
offers classes in Chinese language and leads trips annually to Chengdu.
Kathy O’Donnell, Metro State assistant professor of technical
communications, will be traveling to Chengdu with the Douglas County
group this summer, where she will teach English and learn about the
Chinese language and culture.
“It’s a perfect triad,” said Zeller, between Metro State, Douglas County Schools and Sichuan University.
Zeller concluded, “Our Chinese hosts really treated us well,” adding
that the Metro State delegation was feted with tours and banquets and
presented with unusual Chinese delicacies. “They were the most
gracious, hospitable hosts I’ve ever seen.”
Zeller is scheduled to return to China on June 24. She applied for
and received a grant from the Chinese Ministry of Education to attend
the China Bridge forum in Beijing, where she will learn more about the
Chinese system of higher education and other projects with Chinese
institutions that Metro State might undertake. “This is my first
international grant,” said Zeller. “I’m looking forward to learning how
we can line Metro State up for future projects.”
Brand Spankin New trip to Beijing
the same time as the Jordan-led trip, five Metro State faculty and
students representing Brand Spankin New, the College’s student-run
e-commerce Web site, went to Beijing. There they attended the World
Practices in Management Education conference and met with officials
from Tsinghua University School of Art and Industrial Design andBeijing
University of Posts and Telecommunications.
According to Mick Jackowski, assistant professor of marketing who
went on the Beijing trip, “It looks promising for us to have some
relationship with the Beijing University of Posts and
Telecommunications, but it will take some time to work it out.” For
starters, said Jackowski, the two institutions agreed to have their
students review each others’ designs, likely beginning this fall.
The delegation also met with Lenovo Corporation, the largest
personal computer manufacturer in China. “There is the added potential
that their designers might review our students’ designs in the fall as
well,” said Jackowski.
Jackowski said he looks forward to working with Zeller and the Globalization Office on future projects in China.To read blogs of the two trips, go to http://www.mscd.edu/news/china/
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