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2010 July

China visits Wake Forest

lindaTwo high school counselors from Luodingbang High School in Foshan, China, will be visiting Wake Forest through August 2. Maggie Yang and Ann Ho are here to learn more about the University so they can better recruit Chinese students to study at Wake Forest. Under the care of Linda McKinnish Bridges, (pictured at left) who is leading Wake Forest’s China initiative, the two counselors will visit with faculty, meet prospective students and parents, engage with current students and participate in the University’s new LENS program—a residential study experience for high schoolers.

Bridges, who speaks Mandarin, traveled to China in April and visited eight high schools to talk about Wake Forest. She says Wake Forest is intent on making the role of higher education compatible with what’s happening in the world. “We are in a global economy, and Wake Forest thinks of itself not only as a regional and national university but as a global educator,” she says. “Chinese students want to come to the U.S. to study because we have the best colleges and universities in the world.” For some Chinese teens, those who are a good match academically and socially, Wake Forest is a great fit. The Chinese students benefit, but so do Wake Forest students.

International study goes both ways. We encourage Chinese students to study at Wake Forest while creating opportunities for our students to study there. During her time at Wake Forest, Monica Kitt (’10) spent more summers in China than in the U.S. And after graduating in May, because she missed being in China, she returned to Shanghai to study Mandarin in an intensive language program.

U.S. and India: partnership of the future

mall_img2The stage is set for India to play a significant role in global business, politics and culture, says communication professor Ananda Mitra, and eleven Wake Forest students are  there this summer for a month-long stay to learn more about this pivotal country. Mitra, along with his wife Swati Basu, is leading the trip as part of his summer class, “Communication, Culture and Sustainability.”

Mitra, who also conducts research in the outsourcing of American jobs to India, says the trend to move work to that country will continue, though the transfer of work may be less noticeable. “You might turn in your tax records to a tax preparation company in the U.S., but they will be processed in India,” he says. In addition to sending work to India, Indians are coming to live and work in the U.S. Some are especially skilled in software development and technology and spend time in American companies training workers.

“Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing doesn’t matter. It’s a thing that’s happening, and students must be prepared,” he says.

Mitra and the students will return from India in early August and will be available for media interviews. Photos provided. Follow the group on Facebook.