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ECC develops study abroad program with Guangdong College of Industry and Commerce in China

Monday, January 18, 2010
Six students travel to China

In an increasingly complex global age, studying abroad can help students become more informed about the world, develop cultural awareness and understanding and provide practical experiences not available in a classroom.


In a trip that is the first of its kind for Erie Community College, six ECC students travelled to China to visit and study at Guangdong College of Industry and Commerce, located in Guangdong Province, for two weeks in the 2009-2010 winter intersession.


The group, led by ECC associate professor Timothy Schnaufer, includes business administration student Joan Mercedes; mechanical engineering technology student Scott Moore; industrial technology student Steven DiNieri; construction management engineering technology student Matthew Prowten; architectural technology student Vincent Roberts and civil engineering student Colin Thrun.


While in China, the students’ agenda included a three-credit course on Chinese culture and history, Chinese language instruction, industrial and architectural visits, as well as tours of historically and culturally significant sites.


ECC professor Gene Grabiner, Ph.D., worked with Michael Yang, dean of Guangdong College, since early 2009 to develop the study abroad experience for the ECC students.


In 2005, Grabiner spent six weeks at Xi’an International University in the Shaanxi province in China to present lectures on the role of intelligence testing in American education, the American Constitution, natural law theory of society and race relations in America.


As a result of his experiences in China, Grabiner became interested in developing a faculty and student exchange program between ECC and Chinese colleges and universities.


The partnership between ECC and Guangdong College of Industry and Commerce is the first step toward an expanded student and faculty exchange program that would include students from ECC’s liberal arts, health sciences and business and public service programs.


ECC plans to host a group of students from Guangdong College of Industry and Commerce in 2011.


In a time when our local community is becoming more connected to the global community day by day, it is important for our students to gain an education that goes beyond the four walls of the classroom.  I am very supportive of opportunities for our students to go beyond the borders of our county, state and nation to see how the world works in another part of the globe,” ECC President Jack Quinn said.     


For more information on the program, contact Grabiner at (716) 851-1089.


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