University Students arrive at Lincoln College
Seven new students and visiting scholar
from Shenyang Jianzhu University participate in campus program
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[August 17, 2019]
Seven Chinese students and their host,
Professor Bing Wang, arrived at the Lincoln College campus on
Thursday, August 8th. The students are participating in orientation
for the new Lincoln College International Exchange Program. The
program will provide an immersive experience for Chinese students
interested in studying in the United States.
Dr. Jonathan Pierce, Division Chair of the MacKinnon
School of Business at Lincoln College, is spearheading the program.
The College hopes to establish a long-term exchange relationship
with Shenyang Jianzhu University in China.
The contingency of Chinese exchange students and Visiting Scholar
from Shenyang Jianzhu University were welcomed by President Gerlach
and Cabinet members during a welcome reception on Friday, August
Students will take classes including a history course on the life of
Lincoln and the Civil War. They will also learn about American
culture by visiting Chicago and St. Louis cultural sites, with a
highlighted tour of Abraham Lincoln sites around the Springfield
area. The students will also enjoy seasonal festivals and activities
around central Illinois.
“This program will not only be a great asset for Lincoln College,
but we believe it will have tremendous benefits for Lincoln and
Logan County, as we build ties with a premier educational
institution in the world’s second largest economy,” Lincoln College
President Dr. David Gerlach said. “Our ties to Abraham Lincoln, a
figure who is revered in China, as well as our location in the
agricultural center of the nation with ready access to state
government, manufacturing and the ag industry, offers visiting
students opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere.”
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“In addition, the small campus size and welcoming environment
affords students one-on-one attention they would not receive at larger
institutions and our diverse student body gives them the opportunity to build
bonds with students of many different backgrounds,” Gerlach added.
The Director of the International Office of Shenyang Jianzhu
University, Dr. Kevin Wang, visited Lincoln College last February to begin plans
for this new visiting student program. Dr. Jonathan Pierce from Lincoln College
partook in a similar visit to China last spring as well.
Shenyang Jianzhu University was established in 1948 as the Shenyang Architecture
and Civil Engineering Institute. While the University continues to give priority
to civil engineering and architecture, it is now a comprehensive university
offering multi-disciplinary education in literature, administration, nature
science, agronomy and law.
Director of Public Relations