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Faculty traveling to China are encouraged to notify Gateway director Phoebe You of their impending visit. The staff at the Shanghai office can help by facilitating focused networking, targeted recruitment and support for scholarly work abroad. The Gateways can also help identify accommodations and provide recommendations and general wayfinding. 

The Global Internship Program received a record number of applicants this year, with nearly 80 students applying for professional opportunities in China. Information sessions were held on campus in March to help Ohio State international students learn about the program. The applicants had varying majors, from finance to mechanical engineering, and nearly 50% had previous internship and leadership experiences. The China Gateway will continue its long-term program partnerships with Apple and Fiat, and have attracted new companies such as Amazon and Solidiance to join the program.

Ola Ahlqvist, Professor of GeographyThe Office of International Affairs awarded more than $150,000 as part of its 2015-2016 Academic Enrichment Grant competition, which supports Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, faculty and student research and the development of new education abroad programs. The grant competition, with separate tracks for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, was sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research, PHPID, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the China Gateway.

This year 16 faculty members were awarded a total of $72,700 and three undergraduate students were selected to receive grants totaling $16,500 to fund research projects. Five faculty members were awarded a total of $25,000 to develop new education abroad programs in Sweden, East Africa, Turkey (on hold), China and Italy.

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ShSharon Schweitzeraron Schweitzer will give readers a glimpse of her book, Access to Asia, on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1598 N. High St. Schweitzer, a cross-cultural consultant and business etiquette expert, will provide insider tips on history, culture and business protocols worldwide, in the U.S. and also in 10 Asian countries. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments, 6 p.m. presentation and Q&A, followed by a booking signing until 8:30 p.m. RSVP is recommended.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Schweitzer has built a career around understanding cultural differences and the tremendous role they can play in building strong and successful international business relationships. She advises current and future leaders of Global 2000 and Fortune 50 companies and has traveled to more than 60 countries on seven continents.

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