UNCP Envoys Launch
Master's Program in China
from the Chinese University of Mining and Technology
UNCP's Nick Giannatasio
and Robert Schneider were awed by Tiannemen Square, the Great Wall,
Mao's tomb, Hong Kong and other sites during their trip to China this
What impressed them
most, however, was the Chinese people's intense curiosity for all things
American, including our educational programs.
went people followed us," Dr. Schneider said. "They want to
know everything about us."
The travelers were
on a mission to establish an educational outpost at the Chinese University
of Mining and Technology (CUMT) in Xuzhou, a city of six million in
central China. UNCP will help fill a management training void in China
by launching its Master of Public Management program (MPM) there.
Here is how Dr.
Schneider, who is chair of UNCP's Political Science
and Public Administration Department describes the mission:
Schneider at the Great Wall
"China is a
developing country in the process of modernization. The nation is experiencing
all of the growing pains and challenges associated with this process.
The creation of a more open society and a market-base economic system
means historic change for China. It is a society in transition. Our
task is to assist in the training of Chinese public management professionals
and to thereby ease this transition through the introduction of public
sector techniques appropriate for a thriving market economy. It is exciting
to be even a small part of this historic moment."
This fall, the joint
venture will begin with two courses in the MPM program. The courses
will be taught via the Internet and culminate in an intensive two-week
classroom experience in China.
scientists Dr. Carolyn Thompson and Dr. Roger Brown, who is also provost
and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will instruct
these first historic courses. Dr. Brown, who has worked extensively
to create the program, says it holds promise for both the Chinese and
academic ties holds promise for the university, its students and its
faculty," Dr. Brown said. "We gain so much from these relationships
because it opens our minds to possibilities and opportunities that were
unimaginable just a few years ago."
"As a political
scientist and an administrator, I thrilled at the opportunity to interact
with Chinese students and their university," Dr. Brown said. "Education
opens many doors, and programs like this one may be the key to the China
Dr. Thompson, who
is also director of the University Honors College said, "Chinese
students are eager to learn about Western practices in public management
and to apply them to their rapidly changing governmental system."
Curious about Americans
sector in China, as in the U.S, has become more decentralized, placing
more responsibility on regional and local government to address public
issues of healthcare, economy, infrastructure development and so forth,"
Dr. Thompson said. "They face the same problems as other nations
with the added burden of a massive population which has historically
relied on government for all services. The Chinese face a significant
challenge in their attempts to modernize their country and their government."
Dr. Alex Chen, associate
vice chancellor for International Programs, said the Chinese market
for education is huge, hungry and ready for partnerships of this kind.
"We are making
alliances throughout the world for our students and faculty," Dr.
Chen said. "At the Chinese University of Mining and Technology,
we will start with 25-30 students with hopes for a very profitable future.
It must benefit both parties to have a good partnership."
Dr. Chen said attracting
international students to UNCP is another important goal as the university
seeks to internationalize itself.
to attracting more international students to the campus, UNCP will offer
more degree and non-degree courses abroad," he said. "The
Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and other programs
are also being negotiated and will be offered in the Asian market in
this year or next."
director of the MPM program, said UNCP faculty are excited by the opportunity
to teach in China.
to the Forbidden City
"Yes, the faculty
are very excited about teaching at the China University of Mining and
Technology," Dr. Giannatasio said. "Dr. Schneider and I will
be the next to go in January. In all, we will send at least eight professors
to China, while the faculty at CUMT will teach the remaining four electives."
is favorably impressed by the facilities at the university.
facilities for lectures are state of the art," he said. "They
have high-tech lecture facilities that we will use, and we will be able
to utilize Power Point presentations in a theater-like environment to
teach our classes."
are somewhat different than we are used to at UNCP. Their library has
very few resources that would enable the students to do research. Furthermore,
their Internet resources are limited," he said. "We are attempting
to bolster their research capabilities with donated books and periodicals
from faculty and publishers of texts. It is important to note that CUMT
has always been a mining and technical college and so their collection
in the field of public management has not caught up to the demand yet;
nevertheless, they are willing to add to their collection."
an open society, is still a product of a feudal society that ended in
the last century," Dr. Gianntasio continued. "They have been
making great strides in the last 75 years as a society that wants to
model itself on the successes of the United States, both economically
and administratively. The success of this program is 'bread on the water'
for further initiatives in China."
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