The Universidad del Este (UNE) of the Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS) has been selected to host Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Residence Dr. Wu Ping from Beijing, China for the January – May 2012 academic semester.
Dr. Wu is one of approximately 850 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and/or research in the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program this year.
At the UNE, Dr. Wu will work at the Multi-Language Learning Center of the School of Social and Human Sciences, where he will teach Mandarin Chinese courses to UNE students, faculty and associates and assist in the development of curriculum for the center’s Mandarin Chinese language program.
Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the English Department at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), located in Beijing, China, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Linguistics. He is a member of BLCU’s Academic Board and has extensive teaching experience both in China and at universities around the world. Since 2009, Dr. Wu has been selected by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Fellow of the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (“NCET”). He has also received grants from the Chinese Ministry of Education, the National Social Science Foundation, as well as other important organizations in China since 2004 to carry out significant linguistics research related to both the Mandarin Chinese and English languages. His main research interests are syntax-semantics interface, formal semantics and computational linguistics.
Dr. Wu has worked as a Visiting Scholar at several institutions of higher education around the world, including: the University of York in the United Kingdom, California State University in Long Beach, California; Oberlin University in Japan; Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; Macao Polytechnic Institute in Macao; and the City University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Dr. Wu’s numerous academic papers have been published in such journals as Contemporary Linguistics, Linguistic Science, Foreign Language Teaching and Research and Foreign Languages and Their Teaching. He is also the author of two academic books entitled Event Semantic Analysis of Distinctive Constructions in Mandarin Chinese (China Social Sciences Press) and Formal Semantic Analysis and Computation of Constructions in Mandarin Chinese (BLCU Press). Dr. Wu is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Beijing Linguistic Association, the Foreign Language Studies Association affiliated with China’s Higher Learning Research Association, and China’s Cross-Cultural Studies Society.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided nearly 300,000 people – approximately 110,000 of them from the United States – with an opportunity to study, teach or research abroad. Approximately 180,000 students, scholars and teachers from other countries have participated in the Fulbright program since its inception. The program allows grantees to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The program operates in more than 150 countries worldwide.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact Anne L. Howard Tristani, Vice Chancellor for International, Federal and Corporate Affairs at the Universidad del Este at 787-257-7373 Ext. 2242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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