[The following was provided by the Bloch School of Management.]
UMKC and the Bloch School’s Executive Education Center are currently hosting 22 Chinese delegates, including presidents and deputy presidents of Jiangsu Province colleges and universities. The Chinese visitors are participating in an intensive two-week executive educational program designed to introduce them to the American universities’ liberal arts model with the goal of eventually redesigning Chinese colleges and universities’ rote learning model to a more liberal arts focus in education.
“The delegates from China in this program are taking coursework at the Bloch School and UMKC and then traveling to universities on the east coast, including Pennsylvania University, Rutgers University, NYU and Columbia University,” said Teng-Kee Tan, Dean of the Bloch School, “They are particularly interested in learning how to migrate to a more innovative, entrepreneurial and transformational learning model.”
The program’s courses at UMKC have included Anatomy of a Liberal Arts College; Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Classroom; Effectively Facilitating Case Study Discussion; The Role of Accreditation in Improving Teaching; Role of Teaching in Liberal Arts Education (with UMKC Deans Drees, Truman and Witte of the School of Medicine, Law and Conservatory, respectively); and Using Project Competition to Enhance Real World Learning Skills and others.
The visit is in tandem with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by UMKC and the Bloch School of Management with the Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchanges (JESIE). An organization under the leadership of the Jiangsu Province Department of Education (JPDE), JESIE facilitates international educational exchanges for China’s education circle.
The partnership helps to advance UMKC’s vision of having a highly diverse faculty, staff and study body and to continue to be an active engagement with its city and region.