IEPM Students Represent Vanderbilt’s U.S.-China Center

Thursday, May 2, 2013

For nearly six weeks, three International Education Policy and Management masters students, Megan Ames, Brad Hilbrich, and Matthew Wright, will be getting first-hand knowledge about Chinese education systems as part of Vanderbilt’s U.S.-China Center for Education and Culture. The Center serves as a portal through which Chinese and U.S. policy and practice in education, humanities, and the arts connect through collegial, bilingual, comparative research and programming.

As part of their practicum experience, Ames, Hilbrich and Wright primarily see their role as strengthening Vanderbilt’s partnerships through interviewing faculty and staff about future collaboration in various disciplines, job shadowing in the international offices, and visiting schools in Guangdong province. Other activities will include seminars/lectures on culture, education and language learning. You can follow their blog at www.peabodypearlriverpracticum.wordpress.com.

IEPM students Megan Ames and Matt Wright at South China Normal University's west gate

The Center is an international initiative of Vanderbilt University and multiple universities in China. The initiative is derived from two successful projects that established high-level relationships among these cooperating universities.  For the past four years, Vanderbilt’s top-ranked Peabody College of Education has carried out an exchange program with South China Normal, enabling public-school principals in Guangzhou and Nashville to trade places, gaining hands-on knowledge of best practices in two very different educational systems.  During the same period, Vanderbilt has served as the lead U.S. partner in producing a series of conferences comparing work in intangible cultural heritage (“ICH” or folklore) in China and the US.

The Center’s goal is to connect American education and culture the Pearl River Delta and other regions in China. The key audiences are students and faculty at partnering universities; local K-12 public and private school teachers and administrators in need of professional development; and government and non-profit entities engaged in the preservation and presentation of cultural assets.

 

 

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