May 2015, Purdue, Ningbo University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Institute of Technology celebrated the 10th anniversary of Maymester to China “Intercultural Teamwork”, co-developed and led by ME and SLC/CIP, funded by Sohmen Endowment. “Intercultural Teamwork” was first offered in Spring 2005 as a collaborative effort between ME and SLC (then FLL) as a two-week Study Abroad course to Shanghai, Beijing, Harbin and Ningbo, working with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harbin Institute of Technology and Ningbo University. About 220 Purdue Engineering and Liberal Arts students have benefited from this on-site experience learning about China including language, culture, technology and economy. They also paired up with Chinese students learning about their college life and in return, understand the challenges Chinese students face while they study at Purdue. In addition to this expanded knowledge about China, students also report actual placement benefit in job market as US employers seek individuals with global experiences. On the thank-you dinner and the 10th year celebration, students from Ningbo and Purdue showed off their talents through comedy, dances, instrument and songs. CIP has been supporting this course with personnel, language and cultural orientations.
In partnership with Purdue University China Center and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Confucius Institute at Purdue (CIP) promotes Chinese programs and studies on China, initiates and fosters Chinese language and cultural programs to serve Purdue University, the Greater Lafayette community and the State of Indiana by providing value-added information and expertise on Chinese culture and language education in business, global engineering and tourism for academic programs, research project teams, community outreach and K-12 schools.
Watch Online: Video Introduction
[Courtesy and produced by Xue Dong, student of Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, December 7, 2012.]
Collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Agreement Signed by Hanban and Purdue in October 2006
Opening Ceremony on May 14, 2007
First CI in the State of Indiana /First CI to Target the Culture/Language of International Business and Global Engineering
Collaborations with Krannert School of Management, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, College of Human and Health Sciences, and local K-12 schools.