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ERIC Number: EJ918543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
IT and the Year of the Chinese Campus
Schaffhauser, Dian
Campus Technology, v24 n4 p20-25 Dec 2010
The lure of entering the China "market" has led numerous North American colleges and universities to open campuses or offices on Chinese soil--in anticipation of bolstering enrollment numbers, wooing a promising supply of Chinese students, and offering their American or other international students the opportunity to live and study abroad. In 1986, two separate institutions, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Oklahoma City University (OKCU), pioneered new programs in China. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies brings together about 90 Chinese students (selected by Nanjing University) and about 90 American and other international students (selected by Johns Hopkins) to foster each contingent's understanding of the opposite culture in either a yearlong certificate program or a two-year master's program. The Chinese students take required classes in English; the international students are taught in Chinese (literacy in Mandarin is a necessity); and then both groups come together for elective courses given in either language. People live on campus--a Chinese student sharing a dorm room with an American or other international student--for the duration of those in-person courses. OKCU's school of business joined forces with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics to offer a master's degree, but there the similarity to JHU's program ends. Initially, the Great Wall MBA Program catered strictly to Chinese students to teach them American business practices; in 2005, it was expanded to include students from the West in an 18-month residency. Cohorts, taught entirely in English, have about 45 students each year: 35 recruited from China by Tianjin University and 10 from the US or other countries, recruited by OKCU. The latter supplies all instructors from its full-time faculty. As both institutions have learned, setting up and operating a joint program in the People's Republic of China is not simple. On top of cultural, language, and regulatory barriers, there is the question of how best to deliver technology that students and faculty take for granted in the states--or whether to offer it at all. One might think that having a China-based campus would be an occasion for glitzy technological solutions--telepresence, for example, or, at the very least, videoconferencing. But according to the people who run the Hopkins and OKCU programs, Skype is about as high-end as it gets.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States