2009
Liaoning presidential forum addresses challenges universities face in China

Liaoning presidential forum addresses challenges universities face in China
April 21, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

China’s rapid economic growth has created a demand for quality academic programs from the United States and abroad. How to meet that demand will be the subject of a university presidents forum in Shenyang, China this spring. Benedictine University is one of 34 colleges and universities from the United States and overseas invited to attend the third China Liaoning Shenyang Chinese-Foreign University Presidents Forum in Shenyang, China May 28-30. The forum will address the challenges facing colleges and universities as they adapt to the 21st century. Challenges include how to adapt to a global environment, how to sustain higher educational institutions in the face of such an environment, teacher reform, academic innovation and transformation of scientific and technological achievements, exchanges and cooperation between universities. Benedictine will be represented at the conference by William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University, and Elsie Yuan, director of the China Institute at Benedictine University. They will present a paper titled “International Harmony: A New Confucian Model for the 21st Century.” Benedictine University has had a presence in China since 2005 when it established a partnership with two universities in Shenyang. Since then, five additional partnerships have been developed in China and two in Vietnam. “About 10 years ago when we began to look at establishing partnerships overseas, we determined that the best place to devote our attention to was China,” Carroll said. “China is a driving force in the 21st century economically, socially and culturally, and we could think of no other place that could have a more significant impact on our students. “Furthermore, if the world is going to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous future, China and the United States must become better friends and better partners,” Carroll added. Benedictine University sought and received permission in early 2004 from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to partner with Shenyang University of Technology and Shenyang Jianzhu University (formerly Shenyang Architectural and Civil Engineering University). Benedictine University began offering its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science in Management Information Systems (M.S.M.I.S.) programs in China on January 1, 2005. The Benedictine M.B.A. program is offered through Shenyang University of Technology, while the M.S.M.I.S. program is available through Shenyang Jianzhu University. Benedictine University was the first American University to receive permission to offer these programs in northeast China. Among the other institutions invited to attend the forum are Indiana State University, Transilvania University of Brasov, European Institute of Technology, Eastern Kentucky University, the Polessky State University, Missouri State University, the University of Incheon, Yale University, the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. The forum is sponsored by the People’s Government of Liaoning Province, the People’s Republic of China, and organized by the Education Department of Liaoning Province and the People’s Government of Shenyang Municipality.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.