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Students Tanicha Blake and Xin Ni Au of Malaysia

guages. "There are 200,000 Chinese studying in the United States
and about 15,000 Americans studying in China, most in very lowlevel, short-term classes, sometimes with no language at all," he said.
While Mandarin course enrollments have grown to 60,000 at U.S.
campuses, 50,000 are at beginner levels, said Walker.
Walker is doing his part. He runs a two-year master's program
that prepares Americans to work in China-related careers. They
do internships in China and spend the second year taking regular
classes at a Chinese university. "The idea is to provide our students
a basis for having sophisticated interactions with Chinese counterparts, the kind of educated people you meet in large companies and
corporations," said Walker.
Briun Greene, one of those graduate students, first learned Mandarin as a linguist for the Army. Recently he was tapped to serve as
the interpreter for a visiting Chinese business delegation at a big
trade show in Las Vegas. (The company flew in several of Walker's
students as its guests.)
"You have to be really fast on your feet to do that. He did a great
job," said the professor. The problem is that "very few get up to Briun's level, which takes 2,500 hours of instruction-more than it takes
to earn a law degree." Greene sees his future as an entrepreneur in
China. "I love living in Asia. I felt the most alive there," he said.

Preparing STEM Faculty for India
When the U.S. Department of State announced in June 2013 that
Ohio State had won a prestigious Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award to expand India's pipeline for producing science
and engineering faculty, astrophysicist Anil Pradhan received accolades as the driving force behind the effort. Two OSU colleagues and
a professor at partner Aligarh Muslim University are codirectors.
But Pradhan said "20 to 30 busy people" at OSU and an equal
number at the Uttar Pradesh, India, university helped prepare the
complex proposal. Ohio State also matched his $150,000 grant and
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