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					China Initiatives at Mason

         Madelyn Ross
    George Mason University
          Spring 2011
  China Coordinator hired in 2003

  •Understand scope of China activities
  •Identify and support key areas of ongoing activity (Chinese
  language program, study abroad, research and training
  partnerships)
  •Develop a long-range strategy and identify appropriate projects
  that build on Mason strengths and develop more systemic links with
  China


Goals
•Improve Mason’s international reputation
•Attract strong group of international students
•Help internationalize the campus
•Create more international opportunities for students, faculty
     The 1+2+1 Program at George Mason

• The program gave Mason the chance to receive good students and build
  strong partnerships with Chinese universities at the same time.

• Mason signed 1+2+1 agreements with five Chinese university partners
  in 2004. The first 16 students came to Mason in August 2005.

• The 1+2+1 program is now Mason’s largest dual degree program.
More than 180 Chinese
students in this program have
studied at Mason 2005-2010

   2005-06 group        16
   2006-07 group        29
   2007-08 group        30
   2008-09 group        32
   2009-10 group        46
   2010-11 group        31
Mason’s 121 university partners
  •   Beijing Normal University 北 京 师范大学
  •   Chang’an University 长安 大学
  •   China Pharmaceutical University 中国药科大学
  •   Chongqing University 重庆大学
  •   Communication University of China 中国传媒大学
  •   Hefei University of Technology 合肥工业大学
  •   Henan University 河南大学
  •   Liaoning University 辽宁 大学
  •   Nanjing Normal University 南京 师范 大学
  •   Nanjing University of Information Science and Tech。
  •   南京信息工程大学
  •   Shaanxi Normal University 陕西师范大学
  •   Shandong University at Weihai 山东大学(威海分校)
  •   Soochow University 苏州大学
  •   Southwest Jiaotong University 西南 交通 大学
  •   Wuhan University of Technology 武汉理工 大学
  •   Yunnan University 云南大学
                            Degrees
Most 1+2+1 students major in Economics, Finance or Computer Science
New degrees have been added gradually in response to departmental
 and/or student interest
                Other Degree Options
•   Global Affairs
•   Geography
•   Management
•   Marketing
•   Music
•   Dance
•   Art and Visual Technology
•   Physics
•   Environmental Science
•   Computational and Data Sci.
           How does the program work?

Students take regular first year courses at their Chinese university before
                       coming to Mason in year 2.

 Students begin at Mason by taking a test at English Language Institute.
   Based on test results, they may stay in ELI for 1-3 semesters before
                 moving into regular academic classes.

   Students live on campus and are assigned non-Chinese roommates
  Encouraged to take full advantage of what Mason offers in their time
                                 here.
                         Classes

At Mason, all 1+2+1 students take UNIV 100 Freshman Transition
   to provide cultural context and learn how American
   universities operate.
Most students also take a full course load in summer in order to
   finish most of their Mason requirements within 2-3 years.
Dual degree students are mainstreamed with other Mason
   students. They complete all General Education and
   departmental requirements for both of their universities. A
   waiver of Global Understanding is available if students
   complete a qualifying essay.
Students have been very successful both in and outside the
   classroom.
Each year seniors are honored by various departments.
Almost all students qualify for the Dean’s list at Mason.
They join campus organizations
and take part in sports and service opportunities.
     Distinctive Program Features
•   The program involves a consortium of schools in
    both countries: There are now 80 Chinese
    universities and 20 US universities taking part.
• It operates under the auspices and support of the
  American Association of State Colleges and
  Universities (AASCU) in the US and the China Center
  for International Educational Exchanges (CCIEE)
• Began with specific goals in 2001: devise a dual
  degree with China that would be affordable and
  minimize visa problems
         The Consortium Approach

• Strong support from AASCU and CCIEE
• Help with recruiting and management
• Broad source of students
------------------------
• Complexity—multiple partners and degrees
• Need to transfer credits between universities
   based on accurate and timely information
• Pressure to grow rapidly
             Current Activity
Academic guidelines created for each
  department hosting dual degree students
Build course databases
Create equivalency tables for each partner
  school
Regularize and streamline administrative
  procedures, guidelines for advisors, students
        Benefits of the program
1. Brings top international students to Mason
2. Gives Mason faculty and staff hands-on
  experience with international partnerships
3. Develops strong partnerships with Chinese
  universities; leads to additional activities
4. Cultural enrichment for Mason community
Cultural Enrichment
The program provides opportunities for
1+2+1 students to share their culture on
campus.
Brings US and Chinese students together for
joint activities
    New Activities with 1+2+1 Partners

• Visiting Scholar Program
• Nanjing Normal University music exchanges
• Southwest Jiaotong University training
  program
• NUIST young teacher training
• Creates opportunities for Mason students and
  faculty to study/travel in China
Other Mason China Initiatives
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