Urbana University Hosts Educators from China

Chinese Students and Administrators Attend Educator Leadership Training Conference

Earlier this month, Urbana University (UU) welcomed Chinese educators to its second annual Educator Leadership Training Conference. The conference, hosted by the University’s office of international studies, provided eight Chinese graduate education students and two higher education administrators from Shenyang Normal University (SNU) with the opportunity to learn about P-12 schools in the United States. Located in Shenyang, a city of more than 5 million people nearly 400 miles northeast of Beijing, SNU enrolls over 25,000 students.

In addition to surveying American school organization and curriculum, the conference was also designed to compare American and Chinese schools and share best practices in P-12 education. Faculty members from the college of education and sports studies lectured, facilitated class discussions and organized visits to local schools. Outside of the classroom, the University’s Chinese guests got a taste of the Miami Valley by visiting the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum, sampling local restaurants and shopping in area malls. Educators also toured the Johnny Appleseed Museum on the Urbana University campus.  Three international students, Dandan Chen, Zhou Yu and Kai Zhang, served as translators and escorts throughout the conference. Conference evaluations were very positive and the visiting deans extended invitations to visit the SNU campus in China.

The conference also opened dialogue regarding the development of an institutional partnership between UU and SNU, which would allow the two institutions to develop mutually beneficial programs and initiatives for students, faculty and staff. UU has partnership agreements with 23 Chinese institutions of higher education.  Currently, 35 Chinese students are members of the UU community.

Founded in 1850, Urbana University serves more than 1800 students from around the world from its 128 acre campus nestled in the quaint town of Urbana, Ohio. Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both. Blue Knights athletics includes 15 NCAA II sports along with intercollegiate bowling and shooting sports.  

 

About Urbana University

Founded in 1850, Urbana University serves more than 1800 students from around the world from its 128 acre campus nestled in the quaint town of Urbana, Ohio. Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both. Blue Knights athletics includes 15  NCAA II sports along with intercollegiate bowling and shooting sports.

Urbana University was the first college in the state to offer a nontraditional degree completion program and the second institution of higher education in Ohio to admit women. Founded by the Swedenborgian friends of John Chapman, the famous frontiersman called “Johnny Appleseed,” the campus is home to the Johnny Appleseed Museum, a rich collection of the personal artifacts and history of this 19th century American hero.

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