BGSU forms partnership with two Chinese universitiesWritten by Kyle Reynolds | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the BGSU College of Business will soon have the opportunity to study in China.
The university signed agreements with Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Macau, allowing up to 15 BGSU students to study abroad at each university in the spring semester.
The agreement will also allow up to 15 students from each Chinese school to attend BGSU, with a faculty exchange program planned for the future, said Mark Bennion, director of BGSU’s International Business program.
The exchange program is coming at a time when China is becoming a bigger global power, and trade between the country and the United States has increased, said Rodney Rogers, dean of BGSU’s College of Business.
Total trade between the United States and China went up to $386 billion in 2007 from $33 billion in 1992, according to the U.S State Department’s Web site.
“Increasingly our trade will be over the Pacific rather than the Atlantic,” Bennion said.
This program is unique because students will be interacting with the domestic students and not just taking classes, Rogers said.
“In some study abroad programs students are in classes of all American students,” Rogers said. “Instead, in this program they are embedded with students who are Chinese and hopefully they can form meaningful and long-lasting relationships.”
The experience will give students a new perspective on American and Chinese relations by thinking of the United States in other roles, Bennion said.
“It gives students the unique opportunity to view the U.S as a customer and a supplier,” he said.
Hong Kong Baptist University is known for its entrepreneurship and governance and ethics programs, Rogers said.
Hong Kong is a good location for students because it is one of the safest cities in China and has a great public transportation system, Bennion said.
Both universities are ideal for American students because instruction is in English, Rogers said.
“It is an approachable way to learn about the Asian culture and for students to understand this region of the world,” Rogers said.
Both Hong Kong and Macau have some Western influence because of Britain’s former occupation of Hong Kong and Portugal’s former settlement of Macau, Rogers said. “It is a blend of Western perspective and Asian perspective,” Rogers said. “It is a natural place from a business-school standpoint to understand Asian culture.”
Macau is a region 37 miles southwest of Hong Kong, consisting of three islands, and has become the gaming leader of the world. In 2007, Macau grossed $7.2 billion in gaming revenue compared to Las Vegas’ 2007 gross of $6.6 billion, according to Forbes.com.
The University of Macau is known for its hospitality management and event planning programs because all of the gaming opportunities around the region, Rogers said.
Bennion and Rogers are in discussions with several other institutions in Hong Kong about exchange programs, including the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Lingnan University.