The Shanghai Museum will be one of several destinations of a study abroad program in 2010.

Grant Supports AASU Study Abroad in China

(December 15, 2009) Armstrong Atlantic State University's (AASU) Office of International Education has received a $16,000 grant from the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU) to support 14 AASU students and two faculty members in a study abroad excursion to China in the summer of 2010.

"This grant was the result of more than a year of collaborative discussions among Ken Jin at CIKSU, Dean Lily Young of Yangzhou University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International," said AASU Dean of the College of Health Professions Shelley Conroy. "The discussions started after the idea of an interdisciplinary focus on traditional Chinese Medicine as study abroad was identified as a college-wide collaborative project. This trip will lay the groundwork for future trips and collaborative exchanges."

During the trip students will focus on traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, medicinal herbs and combined therapy of Chinese and Western medicines. They will attend lectures and tour several Chinese landmarks, including the Shanghai Museum, the Oriental Pearl Tower and Tiananmen Square. The tours and lectures are in collaboration with the College of Overseas Education at Yangzhou University.

"This represents a very good opportunity for students who are interested in Chinese culture and for health professions students who may want to learn about traditional Chinese medicine," said Jim Anderson, AASU special assistant to the vice president for international education.

In September 2008 the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (KSU) was jointly established by KSU; Yangzhou University, a key comprehensive provincial university in Yangzhou, China; and The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), which is the worldwide headquarters of Confucius Institute. There are more than 300 Confucius Institutes in the world. Seventy-five are located in the United States, including two in Georgia. The mission of Confucius Institute is to promote Chinese Language Education and the understanding of Chinese culture across the world.

The grant awarded to AASU will cover about half of the in-country expenses for each of the students. "It is a significant help to students who may be interested in participating in a study abroad trip to China, but who may have limited financial options," said Helen Taggart, interim department head of nursing and one two faculty members who will lead the trip.

The AASU Office of International Education offers study abroad programs each academic year to more than 40 countries. Some 140 students travel each year to every corner of the world, from China to the Czech Republic. The office supports international student services, faculty-led study abroad programs, international exchange programs, semester/year long study abroad and other curricular and co-curricular international initiatives. It serves as a resource for internationalizing and interconnecting the curriculum.