Garett Heysel is learning more about Ohio State’s connections in China while visiting many of the universities in which Ohio State’s partners in study abroad during his nine-day stay in the world’s most populous country. Heysel, assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is traveling to Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing to better acquaint himself with Ohio State’s higher education partners in China and to potentially identify new collaborative opportunities that will enhance students’ international experiences.
A visit to Shanghai put Heysel in touch with leadership at East China Normal University and Suzhou University. One of Ohio State’s newest study abroad programs focuses on the history of Shanghai over a 300-year-period and incorporates Chinese language instruction through East China Normal University, helping students take the first steps toward cultural and linguistic independence. Suzhou University is the location of Ohio State’s widely recognized Chinese Flagship program, which offers intensive Chinese language instruction.
The Ohio State University is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to serve as the lead administrator of the national Passport to India initiative, which seeks to increase the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020. The program was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for U.S.-India higher education partnerships and to develop a stronger bond between the youth of both countries by increasing American student mobility.