ICU alumni from Hong Kong describe how a United Board scholarship changed their lives.
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From Textbooks to Picture Books
Student-centered learning has been a guiding force in Dr. Zhu Yunzhi’s work as an educator at Ginling College, and this has opened her students’ eyes to new possibilities in language teaching and learning.
New Tools for Teaching and Learning
“Technology is the answer, but what was the question?” These words, from the writing of Donald P. Ely, an expert in the field of educational technology, motivated Zhang Yin to devote herself to exploring technological solutions to educational problems. Now, with the support of the United Board, she is pursuing a PhD in educational technology at the University of Hong Kong.
The Golden Age of My Life
“I consider my time at Tunghai to be the golden age of my life,” Wutien Peng, a retired economics professor and member of Tunghai University’s Class of 1962 recalls. Tunghai’s emphasis on whole person education created a lasting impression on Dr. Peng, one that guided him through his career as an economics professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and other institutions.
Service Learning: Integrating Academics and Practice
“If there is no United Board, I would have no idea of service learning,” reflected Xiang Rong, an associate professor of social work at Yunnan University. But since she was first introduced to the concept by Birgit Linder, then serving as the United Board’s China/Hong Kong program director, Dr. Xiang and her colleagues have made service learning a key part of their social work curriculum.
Holding Out Helping Hands
When Soonhae Hong and Misoon Won, professors at Seoul Women’s University, participated in the 2012 Asian University Leaders Program, they were able to “feel the fellowship” that came from discussing shared responsibilities and educational philosophies with other Asian faculty and administrators.
A Shared Understanding of Peace
Dr. Shin Chiba chairs the Department of Politics and International Studies at International Christian University in Japan and is a former United Board trustee. In a 2014 interview, he shared his perspective on peace studies in the East Asian context.
Social work is a practice-based profession and academic discipline with natural links to whole person education. Social workers strive to connect vulnerable populations with social services, and in a college or university setting, social work educators train students to assess needs, offer counseling, and direct people to available resources. Developing academic programs in social work has been a focus of …
Finding Teachers in Local Societies
China is now part of an international drive to safeguard intangible cultural heritage – the wealth of cultural knowledge and skills transmitted from one generation to the next – and this opens exciting possibilities for educators and researchers in ethnography, history, religious studies, and other fields.
Opening the Door to Opportunity
As a young man, Zhao Wei was determined to go abroad for his graduate studies. But in 1980s China, the opportunities were few, and the financial and administrative barriers were high. “At the time,” Dr. Zhao recalled in an interview, “there was no awareness of GRE and TOEFL in China and no means to take those tests. So how could a Chinese student even apply to an American graduate program?”
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