Aug 10th, 2009 @ 1:23 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President
Chinese Faculty Visit VCSU
This week, VCSU is hosting a delegation of 11 faculty members from a university in China. The professors are from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) in Hangzhou, China. Hangzhou is a major metropolitan center located along the eastern coast of China, near Shanghai. I visited ZJETP and was hosted by their university when I traveled to China last winter.

The Chinese faculty visitors are spending a total of three weeks at North Dakota State University, and VCSU is partnering with NDSU to host the professors for two days during their stay in North Dakota. These faculty are from three academic disciplines: computer science, business, and food safety. During their stay they will be taking cultural and corporate tours, learning about the American higher education system, and taking workshops covering student learner outcomes, teaching methods, testing, syllabus development, assessment, and technology.

During their two days at VCSU we have a broad array of activities arranged for them. They will interact with VCSU professors, staff, and students to learn about VCSU and also see first-hand the role technology plays in the educational process on our campus. Technology is such a fundamental part of the teaching and learning experience at VCSU - it is a key part of the fabric of this university. Therefore, we are always pleased to share our capabilities and best practices with visiting faculty, and look forward to informing our Chinese visitors about how the laptop initiative works at our technology-enhanced campus.

In addition to the on-campus activities, we have planned several tours and regional fieldtrips for their benefit. They will explore the VCSU Planetarium along with an in-depth tour of the Medicine Wheel Park. They will tour the John Deere Seeding Group plant as well as visit the Rosebud Visitor Center and the Barnes County Historical Museum. We are also taking them on a tour of the Cargill malting facility near Spiritwood as well as the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (located near Jamestown) - a research center of the United States Geological Service. Finally, we will have some hands-on learning activities for them at Moon Lake.

Of course, their trip to VCSU and Valley City would not be complete without some authentic meals representative of our area. We will be providing them with an authentic Scandinavian lunch the first day, followed by an authentic German lunch the second day. To conclude their visit, we will say farewell with a traditional American BBQ picnic supper featuring hot dogs and hamburgers!

We are excited to host this delegation - it is an exciting opportunity for our guests to learn from VCSU faculty, staff, and students, and, likewise, an opportunity for our personnel to learn from them. This is another step in the right direction as we continue to expand our efforts to diversify and internationalize the campus experience at VCSU.