Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The PBE Department Returns to China

Dr. Shijie Liu and Dr. Gary M. Scott are once again taking a group of students to mainland China as an international experience organized by the PBE Department.   The last time a group of students went to China was the Spring of 2008, when a group of 5 students visited Guangzhou, Xiamen and Beijing for 3 weeks.  On this year’s trip, 10 students will visit and study Chinese culture, history, and environment  from 14 May to 1 June.   As I write this, the students and Dr. Liu are already in China and I am awaiting my flight to Beijing to catch up with them, having to stay through the weekend for the SUNY-ESF commencement activities.  

This years itinerary includes visits to Chengdu, Xi’an, and Beijing.   It is hard to imagine that it has been two years since the earthquake in the Sichuan province of China had prevented us from visiting this area of China on our previous trip.   After a couple of days in Chengdu, we will be taking a train to Xi’an, the home of the famous Terra Cotta Warriors.   The last leg of our journey will take us back to Beijing to visit popular sights there including, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace.  

During their stays in the various cities in China, students will have many opportunities to interact with students at various universities across China.   We hope that these exchanges will benefit not only the students from SUNY-ESF, but also help Chinese university students learn from our students.   Based on our experiences from two years ago, we expect that students from both countries will be richer from this experience.

As our travels progress, I plan on keeping you up-to-date on our experiences with descriptions and pictures.   Please remember that China is exactly 12 hours of Eastern Daylight Time ahead, so posts will most likely appear either late evening to early morning as I find the time to post.  

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