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INTERNATIONALIZATION LEADERSHIP
By Kyna Rubin

Commitment and Creativity
Reap Significant Rewards
WHEN ZHANG CHUNSHENG WAS TAPPED to become vice provost for international affairs at

the University of North Alabama in 2009, he saw a unique opportunity to make a difference. With
only 43 students heading overseas-most for short-term programs in Europe and Costa Rica-the
university had just launched a three-year strategic plan whose aim, in part, was to significantly
increase the school's world ties, including its education abroad numbers.

Ligan jianying.
Literally translated, the
four-character phrase means
"Erect a stick, see its shadow."
Its English equivalent?
Go for immediate results-
low-hanging fruit.

The results have been dramatic for the Florence, Alabama, campus, where more than 70 percent of students
rely on financial aid and summer jobs to pay for tuition,
and education abroad is traditionally viewed as a luxury
few can afford.
Between the 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 academic
years, the annual number of UNA students studying abroad
shot up from 43 to 121. In only four years, cumulative figures for those taking off for China went from zero to 106.
In absolute terms, those education abroad numbers
may seem modest. But the expansion in total education
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abroad participation propelled UNA's percentage of students studying abroad from 0.60 percent to 1.68 percent
(2012-2013)-a portion higher than the national average,
which was 1.4 percent in the 2011-2012 year.

Broad Efforts with
a Spotlight on China
Fifty-six-year-old Zhang, who was raised in China and has
a PhD in higher education administration from Bowling
Green State University, has cast a wide net to feed UNA's
internationalization. Since his arrival, Zhang has helped
create bilateral partnerships as vehicles for both new study
abroad opportunities and dual-degree programs. With the
active involvement of UNA academic deans and faculty,
Zhang has put into place double-degree partnerships with
39 institutions on four continents.
The main driver of UNA's education abroad and dualdegree initiatives is China. UNA's China education abroad
program, which Zhang launched in 2011, has engaged
from one-quarter to more than one-third of the school's
study abroad population, depending on the year.
And of UNA's 39 foreign partner schools, 22 are in
China. (Of the university's 400 international students on
campus, 40 percent participate in UNA-Chinese partner
dual-degree programs.)
It's no coincidence that UNA's leading Chinese partner is Tianjin Foreign Studies University. That school is
located in Zhang's hometown of Tianjin, a city 70 miles
southeast of Beijing. Zhang had been working with that
institution for years while involved with education abroad
in earlier posts at the University of Oregon, St. Cloud State
University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and
Bowling Green State University.

SHUTTERSTOCK

"We want globalization, more curriculum integration, more global learning opportunities for students and
faculty, more diverse international student populations,"
Zhang recalls UNA president William G. Cale, Jr., telling
him. Equipped with strong commitment from leaders of
the 7,200-student campus (Alabama's oldest public university, founded in 1830) and a 10-year full professorship
to boot, Zhang assumed the challenge of stirring up the
interest and funds to expand the institution's global links.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2014

International Educator - May/June 2014
Contents
Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Front Lines
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Internationalization Leadership
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Forum
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