UNE Delegation Concludes Successful Site Visit to China

UNE delegation with Professor Wu Ping of the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

UNE delegation with Professor Wu Ping of the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

From September 6th – 15th, 2013 a delegation from the Universidad del Este (UNE) visited the People’s Republic of China to participate in a series of meetings with representatives of various universities to explore areas opportunity for international collaboration and exchange.

The delegation was comprised of Dr. Maritza Espina Romero, Dean of the Business School for Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Wilfredo Colón Guasp, Dean of the School of Sciences and Technology, and Prof. Zoe Santiago, faculty member of the José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.  The delegation participants were honored to be received by Dr. Wu Ping, a previous Fulbright Scholar in Residence at UNE who offered Mandarin Chinese language courses at UNE’s Multi Language Learning Center during the Spring 2012 semester.

The site visit to China formed part of an UNE federal grant project titled,  “UNE Capacity Building Project for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad and Mandarin Chinese Language Study in China (Grant #: S-ECAAS-12-GR-122(FA))”, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The main objective of the visit was to establish contacts at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), located in Beijing, and Sichuan University, located in the city of Chengdu, in order to offer future summer and semester-long opportunities for UNE students to study abroad in China.

As a result of their trip to China, the UNE delegation was able to learn more about the academic offerings, facilities and representatives of the universities they visited.  The information gathered will help them to develop opportunities for UNE students to study in China next year.  In addition to the two partner universities identified for the project, the delegation also took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Business School of Nankai University, recognized as one of the top ten universities in China, and Sichuan Tourism University, which is known for its outstanding Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs.

The second phase of this project will consist of identifying 2 UNE students to receive a complete scholarship to participate in a 6 week intensive mandarin Chinese language and culture program at BLCU during July and August of 2014. Additionally, 2 UNE students will be selected for scholarships to study for a semester at the University of Sichuan from February through July of 2015, where they will have the opportunity to take courses in other areas such as international trade, doing business in China, history and customs, among others.

For more information about this project and other international initiatives, please contact: Ms. Leanne Chacón, Director of International Affairs:  lechacon@suagm.edu / (787) 257-7373, ext. 2237 o 2242

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