Weber Participates in a Short-term Lecturing at Partner University in China

Posted: Thursday, May 28th 2015 at 12:52 PM

One of the ways NAU supports international travel is through the Short-term Lecturing Opportunities at Partner Universities Program. Faculty can spend one or two weeks at a university in either China, Vietnam, or Myanmar experiencing the different cultures and teaching students there.

Dr. David Weber, lecturer of CIS, spent a week at the end of May 2015 in China as part of this program teaching at Guangzhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) and Xi’an University of Science and Technology (XUST). He lectured on digital technology and digital convergence, relating recent news stories to the students’ own lives as well as talking about how university life in America differs from that in China since some of the students he met were planning to study abroad soon.

Many of the students at Guangzhou University are participating in a 1-2-1 study abroad model. This model allows students to spend their first year at a college in China, the next two studying abroad in the United States and then completing their degree back at their home university the fourth year.

“All 19 of the students in this program are coming here to NAU so they’re going to be entering in the fall as management students here in the Franke College of Business,” Weber said. “That was really fun that I could tell all those students, ‘Hey, I’ll see you in a couple months.’”

While in China, Weber also got to visit some of the major sights in the cities he stayed at with faculty and students as his tour guides. He drank tea in a traditional dim sum teahouse in Guangzhou and visited the Terracotta Army outside of Xi’an.

This opportunity was organized through the Center for International Education (CIE). Dr. Harvey Charles, vice provost for international education, and Daniel Palm, director of the Asian Academic Engagement program, worked with Weber to decide where his talents could be best used.

Faculty are always encouraged to go abroad to understand different cultures more and help build relationships between NAU and partner universities. It’s part of what makes NAU a great university for international students.

Learn more about Weber in his Global Spotlight HERE.

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