You’ve mentioned a broader effort to incorporate China into more courses across the University. Can you tell me a little about that?
When I joined Penn Global, my role was focused on supporting China programs. Back in 2015 the University opened a center in Beijing, the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC). And at the same time, Penn created a special fund to support faculty research and engagement related to China. And so, when I first came to Penn Global, that was my main role—to support those China-focused programs.
In the case of PWCC, working with the Wharton School and other stakeholders, that was really a main part of the role. As time has gone on, we’ve turned to other more innovative ways of building out that China engagement strategy. For example, the China Education Initiative is a new program designed to respond to what we have seen a lot of interest in, even during the pandemic, which is shorter-term exposure to China. And so, the idea behind the China Education Initiative is you have undergraduate courses with an immersive travel component that aim to provide concentrated, short-term exposure in the context of a class that explores an important aspect of contemporary China.
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