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INTERNATIONALIZATION LEADERSHIP

The initial seed grant and the funds it
leveraged covered expenses for 26 UNA students and two faculty to spend four weeks at
Tianjin Foreign Studies University in summer 2011-the first experience in China for
all involved. Among the students, 12 had
never been abroad, five never on an airplane.
A second (and final) $20,000 grant from the
same organization in 2012-again matched
by the president's office-secured a month
in China for 44 UNA students.

Calibrating the Right
Institutional Matches
Armed with individual scholarships of
$1,500 to $3,500, the first batch of UNA
students to China studied business or geography in Tianjin. Classes were taught by
UNA faculty and punctuated with lectures
by host university professors and fieldtrips
around China. In 2012, UNA expanded its
China offerings to include Beijing Sports

University and Nanjing Arts University.
Another 34 UNA students headed to China
in May 2013 in a group that newly included
communications and theater majors.
In 2014 Zhang will add a new, Alabamarelevant discipline to the mix. UNA students
will be able to study the entertainment industry at the Nanjing Arts University, which,
says Zhang, has one of China's first such
programs in the country.
"The blues are very vibrant" in Florence, Alabama, says Zhang. Florence is
the birthplace of famous blues composer
and musician W.C. Handy, and UNA has
one of the best BA entertainment industry
programs in the country, he notes. Matching Chinese institutional strengths with the
specific academic interests of UNA students
is one of Zhang's priorities in creating increased education abroad options.
Parallel to that notion, on the other end
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up with the idea of capitalizing on UNA's
"very good" commercial Spanish program
by hosting Spanish majors from Tianjin
Foreign Studies University to study Spanish
and English for two-year stints. During their
summers here they'll attend UNA's education
abroad programs in Peru and Costa Rica.
Why focus on Tianjin's Spanish majors?
Zhang says the port city of Tianjin is home
to many Spanish companies and growing numbers of Spanish speakers, making
UNA's commercial Spanish program an
attractive draw. And why would Chinese
Spanish majors pick the United States over
Mexico or Spain? The United States is the
preferred study destination for these Spanish majors, who typically minor in English,
according to Zhang.

Winning Hearts and
Changing Minds
Studying abroad may seem a given for
students attending well-off liberal arts colleges around the country. For schools whose
student population struggles to afford athome tuition, let alone extras such as study
abroad, having an overseas experience is
not de rigueur.
Add to the mix traditional U.S. views of a
country like China, which remains communist in name, and the challenge of engaging
students in a firsthand experience abroad is
that much greater-as can be the pay off.
UNA students back from China write
about how their experiences have widened
their world outlook. But their individual transformations have created larger waves that
have swelled beyond the university campus.
According to Zhang, when UNA students got home, word got around fast,
and they assumed celebrity status. "So
and so's granddaughter in church went to
China, maybe we should have her talk to
us" about her experience, Zhang learned
people were saying. As the result of an organic process-nothing Zhang's office did,
he says-returned students and faculty
were invited to present their impressions of
China to local Kiwanis clubs, Rotary clubs,
churches, and a wide university audience.


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