Cel­e­brat­ing the 10th year anniver­sary of Maymester to China

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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.