In honor of International Education Week, the WVU Office of International Programs will host Dialogue on China, an event designed to highlight the benefits of WVU’s global educational exchanges with China. Dialogue on China is Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10 am-11:30 a.m. in the Greenbrier Room of the WVU Mountainlair. The event is free and open to the general public.

“Dialogue on China is part of our efforts at WVU to promote programs that prepare West Virginia students and faculty for a global environment and attract future leaders from China to study, learn and exchange cultural experiences in Morgantown,” said Dr. Michael Lastinger, the Associate Provost for International Academic Affairs. “Our goal is to bring together experienced faculty of longstanding China programs and advise faculty who are exploring China initiatives.”

A joint initiative between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week promotes international understanding and builds support for international exchange programs, a vital service industry that adds more than $15.5 billion to the U.S. economy.

Representatives of WV’s State Development Office will be on hand to comment on West Virginia’s China research and economic initiatives.

WVU’s Dialogue on China will feature WVU academic leaders who have contributed to successful study or research programs in China. Featured professors include:

Bill Riley _ director of the Center for Chinese Business, College of Business and Economics;
Hannah Lin _ coordinator in the China Studies Program, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences;
Bob Anderson _ director of the WVU-Jengdezen International Ceramic Studios, College of Creative Arts;
Hota GangaRao _ director of the Constructed Facilities Center, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources;
Greg Juckett _ Department of Family Medicine, WVU Health Sciences Center;
Qingyun Sun _ associate director of the WVU U.S. China Energy Center.

Dialogue on China aims to demonstrate the accelerated growth of WVU’s study abroad programs and global research initiatives in China. With more than 250,000 U.S. students engaging in study abroad programs each year, global education is continuing to grow in popularity among students of all ages.

According to WVU’s Office of International Programs, study abroad participation set a record with 1,048 students traveling abroad during the 2008-2009 academic year. More than 13 percent of these students studied in China. This is a significant increase from the 850 students who traveled abroad from 2007-2008.

To participate in the Dialogue on China, please contact WVU’s International Programs Coordinators George M. Lies or Kurt Teeter at 304-293-6955. Information concerning WVU’s educational exchange programs can be found at http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu/. For more information on International Education, visit http://iew.state.gov/.

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Office of International Programs on the Web- http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu/

CONTACT: George Lies, WVU Office of International Programs
304-293-6955, George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu