The 8th CIP Board of Advi­sors Meet­ing held at Pur­due

On June 29, CIP held the 8th Board Meet­ing at Hovde Hall, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity. In his open­ing remarks, Dr. Deba Dutta, Provost and Chair of CIP Board, said that Pur­due and SJTU were in strong rela­tion­ship and that CIP was widely sup­ported at Pur­due. Dr. Zhen Huang, Vice Pres­i­dent of SJTU and Vice Chair of CIP Board, empha­sized the value of CIP as a plat­form for pro­mot­ing campus-​wide col­lab­o­ra­tions between Pur­due and SJTU. Board mem­bers reviewed work reports by Dr. Wei Hong, Direc­tor of CIP and Dr. John Lay­ton, Direc­tor of LSC Con­fu­cius Class­room. The Board highly appre­ci­ated the won­der­ful per­for­mances of the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute and Con­fu­cius Class­room. In par­tic­u­lar, the Board con­firmed the impres­sive lead­er­ship of Dr. Wei Hong. The Provost pointed out that CIP could be a use­ful resource for involve­ment in all other cul­tures at Pur­due com­mu­nity. Dr. Wei Hong expressed her heart-​felt appre­ci­a­tion to Pur­due senior lead­er­ship, fac­ulty, schools and depart­ments for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port. The board agreed to add two new board mem­bers from the Kran­nert School of Man­age­ment and Pur­due Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute. The board decided that the next Board Meet­ing be held at SJTU on March 2016.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 10th year anniver­sary of Maymester to China

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.

Dis­tance Chi­nese lan­guage courses received award

Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong has received the 2015 Award for Excel­lence in Dis­tance Learn­ing, for her online courses Chi­nese 101 and 102. As the first lan­guage courses to be offered online, Dr. Hong has expanded the learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for Pur­due stu­dents to take credit-​granting lan­guage courses. Pro­fes­sor Hong’s team that worked on the courses included teach­ing assis­tants Bailu Li and Sijia Yao. Pro­fes­sor Hong’s award will be rec­og­nized at the Provost’s Fac­ulty Awards Con­vo­ca­tion on May 5.