April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2


Awakenings in China

Exposing students to the business and cultural sides of one of the world’s largest economies, MDC continues its dynamic study abroad program in China this spring.

MDC’s “Economic Awakenings: China” program is designed for students who want to learn about economics in the context of globalization. Students reside and attend classes taught by MDC School of Business Professor Dr. Jeff Foran at Shanghai-Lixin University of Commerce (SLUC). The university was established in 1928 by Dr. Shu Lun Pan, often referred to as the father of modern accounting in China.

In addition to their studies in macroeconomics and microeconomics, students also have the opportunity to visit historic sites and participate in cultural activities.

“Students develop an awareness of the relationship between economics and cultural heritage while studying in China,” said Jane Ann Williams, executive director of MDC’s Office of International Education. “We are very glad that Dr. Foran has continued to lead this successful program.

Business majors make up about half of those who have participated in the enlightening program – now in its third year – which welcomes students from all majors.

“We want the students to be actively engaged while they are there,” Foran said. “It’s not just travel. This program is about the experience of living and studying in China, a country that is growing very, very rapidly and is going to have a lot of impact in the next 20 to 30 years.”

Previous participants have called the experience “life-changing,” including Joanne Michaud, a former MDC student who now works as a study abroad assistant in the Office of International Education.

“It’s an experience you can’t read about,” she said. “You need to live it for yourself.”


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