Millersville University recently hosted a Chinese delegation from Yancheng Teachers University (YTCU). The delegation included their Vice President, Director of the Development and Reform Office, Alumni Office, and various other departments and offices.
The partnership with YCTU can be credited to Dr. Changfu Chang, Professor of Communications and Theater. Dr. Chang is an alumnus, and the leader of the newly formed YCTU Alumni Association in North America.
The delegation started their visit with a presentation by Mrs. Yang Zhang from the Admissions Office, and Mr. Daniel McClary, from the English Language Institute. The SHARP team then led the delegation on a campus tour.
After lunch the delegation was also offered academic presentations from various colleges. Dr. Victor DeSantis spoke about Millersville graduate programs. Dr. Michael Jackson spoke about key programs in the College of Science and Technology as well as high impact practices. Dr. Ieva Zake and Dr. Karen Rice, representing Dr. George Drake, each gave presentations that highlighted various key programs within their colleges.
YCTU delegation representative, Dr. Huang Zhichun, the Vice President, agreed to work with Millersville University as a new international partner. The delegation signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on August 10th, with the intent to work more closely on a student mobility program .
Global Education hosted a cohort of 13 students from Beaconhouse National University in Pakistan this August. The students participated in the Summer Exploration Program through MU’s English Language Institute (ELI).
During this program, the students learned academic writing skills, learned how to write college admission essays, and were introduced to the U.S. Higher Education System. During the program they visited Penn Sate University, New York University and other local attractions.
I traveled to London during the Fall 2017 semester. I chose this location because London is full of amazing history and being in the city made it easy to travel throughout the city and surrounding countries.
While abroad I wanted to meet as many new people as I could. Meeting new people from different countries and different backgrounds gave me a whole new perspective of the world and people from different cultures. Academically, I wanted to improve my writing skills and learn more about the public relations industry within the United Kingdom. I was enrolled in a Public Relations Campaign class that explained the structure of campaigns for different companies in the UK. Our professor was in the PR field and had his own firm in London.
I traveled to Nuremburg and Munich in Germany. I went to Oktoberfest with a couple of friends from University. While we were there, we stayed at a campsite. After Oktoberfest was over, we visited the Dachau Concentration camp that was located outside of Germany. Seeing the concentration camp was a life changing experience. During my semester, I also traveled to different parts of Italy, Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
I think Millersville students should study abroad because traveling outside of the United States and outside of Lancaster County gives individuals a well-rounded view of the world. It is amazing to get to meet new people from different countries and hear about their background and their own personal experiences. Studying abroad also gives students the opportunity to share their own background with the rest of the world.
The best advice that I could give someone is, don’t have any expectations of what your time abroad is going to be like. This was the best advice my mom gave me. When I got to London, I had the most amazing experience because I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and I think everyone should get the chance to experience studying abroad.