SOE visits United International College in Zhuhai, China
UIC's international presence, internship opportunities discussed
Reporter/Photographer: Marissa Furney
Editors: Samuel Burgess, Deen He
From MPRO (Media and Public Relations Office), United International College
Thursday, May 23, 2019
The VCU School of Education visited United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China on May 21 to discuss further international exchange programs that would benefit both universities.
The distinguished visitors were Dean Andrew Daire; Dr. Donna Gibson, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education; Dr. Yaoying Xu, professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education; and Dr. Jenna Lenhardt, recruitment specialist.
Welcoming the SOE delegation were UIC Vice President (Academic Affairs) Professor Chen Zhi; Associate Vice President Professor George Wei; Dean of Division of Science and Technology (DST) Professor Stephen Chung; Program Director of Social Work and Social Administration (SWSA) Dr. Kam Tong Chan; Director of the International Development Office (IDO) Dr. Katharina Yu; Assistant Director of IDO Ms. Mei Li; and Acting Director of the Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) Ms. Isabella Li. (Learn more about UIC senior management.)
After sharing everyone’s educational backgrounds and professional careers, they began to exchange information about both universities. Professor Chen mentioned how UIC’s success stems from the fact that English is the medium of instruction at UIC, and how UIC incorporates an international presence into its education for a more global understanding.
Dr. Katharina Yu talked about the internship program at UIC, and Dr. Daire called it an “incredible opportunity” for possible VCU students who are interested in getting both international and teaching experience. The representatives excitedly discussed a possible plan of VCU students enrolled in the online TESL courses while interning abroad at UIC.
After exchanging several potential ideas and programs, the representatives from VCU took a tour of UIC. They visited the Learning Resource Center, Arts Hill, and finally Changsheng canteen, where they were treated to lunch.
Learn more about SOE's China Partnerships.
UIC Media and Public Relations Office Story (more photos)
Related story from Nov. 1, 2018: SOE signs agreement with United International College