A second annual delegation of 13 students and 3 faculty administrators from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China will be hosted by the International Programs unit at the COE from August 5 to 14, 2017. The Zhejiang University (ZJU) College of Education and our College entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2016 after Dean Young met with their leadership during the 2016 Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) meeting hosted at ZJU.
Soon after the MOU was in effect, ZJU reached out to Dean Young to request that we host a student delegation led by Dean Xu Xiaozhou on a week-long summer program of our creation. This became the Innovation and Sustainability Education Summer Program, a custom program focused on a Hawai‘i-based approach to sustainability education and taking advantage of the College’s strong areas and deep partnerships.
From August 1 to 7, 2016, the delegation of 2 faculty members and 20 students attended various lecture presentations, workshops and site visits engaging them in a hands-on approach to Mālama Honua, with activity-based visits to the Lyon Arboretum, Ka Papa Lo‘i o Kanewai, Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island), Hanauma Bay and the Marine Education Training Center, among others. We were the third and final host of Zhejiang University’s 2016 Summer Program. They were at Fordham University and UCLA prior to UH Mānoa as part of an initiative to ensure that 90% of their students spend some time abroad prior to graduating.
This year, ZJU decided to only return to UH Mānoa and once again to be hosted by the College. Some of last year’s program offerings are retained with some new additions. The 2017 visit is longer by about 3 days, and also includes school visits to Waipahu High School on August 8 and the University Laboratory School on August 9 as a way to give program participants an opportunity to see the concepts in action.
This year, the delegation will all be from ZJU’s College of Education, led by Assistant Dean Dr. Kan Yue, accompanied by Vice President Professor Guping Zhou and Director of their Dean’s Office, Ms. Chen Hongyu. The students come from various fields within education, specifically, 11 undergraduates: Education (4); Public administration (2); Public administration in sports (1); Sports (2); Economics and management of sports (2); and 2 graduate students: a master student in comparative education; and a doctoral student in foundations of education.