Alex Chen Hired
to Build 'Internationalism' at UNCP
Alexander N. Chen is scouring the globe to build alliances on every
continent for UNC Pembroke's International Programs.
C. Meadors and Dr. Chen have forged a series of agreements in Asia and
Europe. Africa, Australia and Hispanic America are next on the list
as UNCP works to "internationalize" its students and faculty.
Dr. Chen was named
this fall associate vice chancellor for International Programs in UNCP's
Office of Academic Affairs.
He will be responsible
for developing and administering international programs of all types,
including studies abroad, international student recruitment and faculty
teaching and research.
Already one of the
most racially diverse U.S. campuses (U.S. News), UNCP's goal is to give
its students exposure to the global society by bringing in students
from all over the world to study and interact with our faculty and our
local and national students on a personal level, Dr. Meadors said.
commitment to the internationalization of higher education during his
academic career fits nicely with our quest to improve the quality of
our university through the expansion of our international student base,"
the chancellor said. "We look forward to Dr. Chen's working with
our faculty, staff, students and regional community to bring a fulfilling
and enriching aspect to our part of Southeastern North Carolina."
Dr. Chen has hit
the ground running. Chancellor Meadors signed agreements this summer
with two Chinese universities.
UNCP will offer
its Master's of Public Management (MPM) program to students at the China
University of Mining and Technology. Chancellor Meadors also signed
an articulation agreement to accept Chinese undergraduate students with
associate degrees from Macau University of Science and Technology.
Those pacts and
a recent student exchange agreement with France's Center for Advanced
European Studies pave the way for the global travels of students and
faculty. This is what Chancellor Meadors, Provost Roger Brown and Dr.
Chen call the "globalization" of UNCP students and faculty.
"Our goal is
to internationalize our faculty by facilitating their teaching and research
abroad," Dr. Chen said. "Next year, Dr. (Jeff) Geller will
participate in a professor exchange with the Polish Academy of Sciences.
We will host one of their philosophy professors."
Further down the
road, the university will make alliances for its MBA (Master's of Business
Administration) program to gain an international focus. An English as
a second language or ESL program is also in the early planning stages.
It appears likely
that UNCP will achieve its goal of forging agreements all continents.
officials from UNC Wilmington and UNCP met to discuss a partnership
in South Africa," Dr. Chen said. "Building connections in
Spanish-speaking countries of Mexico, Central and South America is especially
important because of demographic shifts taking place in this region
and in the national as a whole."
has said many times that an international perspective and exposure is
essential in preparing well-rounded students.
connections help prepare students for the global society in which we
live," he said. "The programs we are planning will provide
our students educational experiences and opportunities that will carry
them far beyond the classroom."
Becoming an "international"
campus would give UNCP a competitive edge in competing for students,
faculty and external funding, Dr. Chen and Chancellor Meadors said.
Meadors has a vision of UNCP as a university that truly prepares its
students for the world that we live in today and the world of tomorrow,"
Dr. Chen said. "This would be something unique that we would offer
to students, faculty and the region we serve."
Dr. Chen has an
extensive background in international programs, information technology
and educational administration. He was founder and president of Beijing
New Era College of Business and president of a web development and E-commerce
He was a tenured
faculty member at Penn State, college representative of SMEAL College
of Business at Altoona and executive director of the Center for Asian
Pacific Management Research at Penn State Altoona.
He has a Ph.D. and
a master's degree in agricultural economics and rural sociology from
Penn State and a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the
National Taiwan University.
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