School builds in­ter­na­tional out­look on cam­pus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By JIN ZHU

Ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als are look­ing at de­vel­op­ing sum­mer school cour­ses to boost in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

The Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness and Economics launched a four- week in­ter­na­tional sum­mer school pro­gram in July, which at­tracted more than 2,000 stu­dents, in­clud­ing from for­eign uni­ver­si­ties.

Un­der the pro­gram, the univer­sity in­vited 92 schol­ars and pro­fes­sors from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, Canada, Aus­tralia and Ger­many, to give lessons on economics, man­age­ment, lit­er­a­ture, ju­rispru­dence, lin­guis­tics and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“This is to build an in­ter­na­tional at­mos­phere on cam­pus. Through the pro­gram, we hope stu­dents can im­prove their in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness,” said Zhao Zhongxiu, the univer­sity’s vice-pres­i­dent.

“Th­ese cour­ses, taught by fa­mous schol­ars, will help the stu­dents to ex­tend their in­tel­lec­tual hori­zon and ex­pe­ri­ence the most ad­vanced re­search is­sues. The pro­gram not only of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for aca­demic en­rich­ment, but also pro­vides a plat­form for in­ter­na­tional cul­tural ex­change,” he said.

Sum­mer cour­ses in the univer­sity were launched last year. Stu­dents from 2010 and 2011 can de­cide on their own to se­lect sum­mer cour­ses as pri­mary or sup­ple­men­tary cour­ses. The 2012 un­der­grad­u­ates have been man­dated sum­mer cour­ses as ma­jor re­quire­ments.

Peng Boyi, 20, a sopho­more at the univer­sity, se­lected in­ter­na­tional fi­nance as his sum­mer course.

The course is an in­tro­duc­tion to global fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, es­pe­cially to the for­eign ex­change mar­ket, the risks in­her­ent in that mar­ket, and the tools used to man­age those risks, he said.

“My ma­jor is about lo­gis­tics. I have learned about in­ter­na­tional fi­nance be­fore, but I still learned some­thing new from my for­eign pro­fes­sor,” he said.

“For in­stance, for­eign pro­fes­sors gave ex­am­ples from other coun­tries to il­lus­trate, cre­at­ing a kind of global per­spec­tive to think about eco­nomic is­sues,” he said.

Peng’s class is taught by Ralph Huen­e­mann, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Peter B. Gus­tavson School of Busi­ness in the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria, Canada.

Huen­e­mann sim­u­lates for­eign ex­change trad­ing in class.

“Stu­dents like play­ing with com­put­ers and it is fun. Stu­dents set up their ac­counts. If it’s fun it’s eas­ier to learn,’’ he said.

The pro­fes­sor spent about 15 years from 1988 work­ing in China for the World Bank.

“It is hard to ex­plain why I am so in­ter­ested in China. I stud­ied Chi­nese when I grad­u­ated from univer­sity when I was 20. That was un­usual in the US at the time since China was com­pletely un­de­vel­oped,” Huen­e­mann said.

The pro­fes­sor taught a course on the Chi­nese econ­omy in Ta­jik­istan last sum­mer.

Huen­e­mann said com­pared with reg­u­lar cour­ses teach­ing for four months, the one- month sum­mer course is a chal­lenge. “Now I am just think­ing about how to make a one-month course a good course.”

ZHU XINGXIN / CHINA DAILY

Ralph Huen­e­mann (top), a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria, Canada, teaches stu­dents how to trade on the for­eign ex­change mar­ket dur­ing UIBE’s in­ter­na­tional sum­mer school pro­gram (above) in July. Huen­e­mann was one of 92 schol­ars in­vited to teach at the pro­gram.

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