The Niagara University College of Business Administration recently hosted 23 Chinese delegates from Jianghan University, Wuhan, China, for 11 days. The program was spearheaded by Dr. Peggy Choong, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, and Dr. Tenpao Lee, professor of management.
The program was titled “Niagara University’s American Business Education Program” and provided business training in the areas of U.S. international business relations, U.S. capitalist market, U.S. manufacturing, campus culture of U.S. universities, teaching management, research project management, and research methods in economics and management.
The program was delivered through formal academic lectures, meetings with government and trade representatives such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, The World Bank, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, and field visits to significant companies such as Ingram Micro, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and Sonwil Distribution.
The goal of the program was to enhance mutual understanding between the universities, develop joint programs, diversify the NU student body, and internationalize curricula of both universities. The outcome included a deeper understanding among the Chinese delegates of American life and business culture.
The Jianghan University delegates lived on the NU campus in the student apartments from July 21 to Aug. 1, 2013. The group consisted of 19 faculty members from Jianghan’s College of Business, including its dean, Liang Dong, and four teenagers. Many of the guests had never visited the U.S. and considered this a once-in-a-life time experience. As such, an important aspect of the program was to share with them other aspects of American life, such as an afternoon at a Buffalo Bisons game, trips to Niagara Falls, the Buffalo waterfront, Becker Farms, Letchworth State Park, the Walden Galleria and Fashion Outlet malls, and other interesting sites in Western New York. The delegates also visited three homes of NU associates to get a better understanding of American home life.
The relationship between Jianghan University and Niagara University dates back several years through the efforts of Dr. Lee and Dr. Timothy Downs, vice president of academic affairs. In 2012, Niagara University and Jianghan University signed an academic exchange agreement.