Lakeland expanding educational opportunities in China
Academics - posted on 7/18/2006
Summer has been a busy time for Lakeland College's international staff, as the college has solidified its growing relationship with the East China Institute of Technology (ECIT).
At the Invitation of Lakeland President Stephen Gould, ECIT President Liu Qincheng and five the school's faculty and staff visited Lakeland from June 19-21. During the visit, the two schools signed a cooperation agreement providing for overseas study opportunities, a summer program at Lakeland for ECIT English language teachers and exploratory development of a possible dual undergraduate and graduate MBA degree program taught in Fuzhou, Jiang Xi Province in China.
While in the United States, the ECIT delegation also visited Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The June meeting was the fifth between the two schools in a series conducted over the past three years as Lakeland and ECIT have explored potential cooperative educational opportunities.
Lakeland staff members traveled to ECIT in 2004, and in the summer 2005 a senior delegation of ECIT faculty and staff made the Chinese school's first visit to Lakeland's Sheboygan County campus.
This past March, Anthony Fessler, Lakeland's Vice President for International Programs and General Counsel, and Patrick Liu, International Student Advisor, visited China for talks in Fuzhou with ECIT officials to develop joint programs.
ECIT is a prominent Chinese institution of higher learning with a full range of undergraduate and graduate educational offerings.
ECIT was originally a closed institution specializing in the geological sciences, but in recent years it has expanded its academic offerings into a broad range of other subject matter including language arts, business and social sciences.
Following their June meeting, Gould said that the careful development of the partnership between the two schools has opened to door to mutually beneficial cooperation between the two schools in a range of areas.
One of those new programs became reality on July 10 when five Chinese English professors from ECIT arrived at Lakeland for a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESL) Enrichment Program. The ECIT faculty are studying more about teaching English as a foreign language and learning about American culture during their month-long stay.
The teachers, who are living on Lakeland's campus through August 10, take class with Lakeland's Suzanne House every weekday afternoon and participate in trips and activities.
Cultural ventures will include trips to Great America and Chicago, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a trip to Madison, the Wisconsin State Fair and others.
They will observe classes being taken by students visiting Lakeland this summer from Ansan, South Korea, and going to Lakeland's Adult Learning Center in Milwaukee to observe classes there.
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