SVSU and the International University of Shanghai
July 17, 2018
By: Stephen Kent
Dr. Brian Thomas
Rotary hosted a group of 20 students and advisors from Shanghai Normal University.
SNU is a partner with SVSU in programs that exchange students and faculty each year for study abroad.
Dr. Thomas is SVSU's Director of Global Engagement where he cultivates and facilitates some 25 partnerships with schools in other countries. Thomas has been doing this for thirteen years but SVSU has been involved in exchanges for 30 years.
SVSU has about 8,617 students and 630 of those are international students. Another 200 SVSU students go abroad each year. The goal is to reach about 860 students, inbound students.
Shanghai Normal has about 20,000 students on two large campuses. Their exchange with SVSU started with faculty programs and later added student programs. This particular group will be here for three weeks.
Dr. Thomas said that study abroad gives US students a definite advantage when looking for jobs. This will only become more important as time goes on. He foresees a time when it will almost be a requirement for meaningful employment.
Among the benefits of the international study, and living in another country, is that it teaches about culture. At home, people tend to take the little things for granted. Americans don't realize how loud they are until they visit someplace like China. We don't realize how large our meal portions are. "When you travel you get to learn about your own culture", said Thomas.
Thomas also said that study abroad can be very affordable. There are numerous programs to assist with transportation, lodging, tuition, and expenses. He noted that in many cases it can be less expensive than domestic education.
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