Bluefield University in the News


by | Oct 4, 2011

Study and instruction in Chinese culture, history and language is available to the Bluefield College community and the community at-large, thanks to BC’s ongoing academic exchange program with the Jiangsu Second Normal University in Nanjing, China.

Since 2009, Bluefield College has exchanged students and professors with the Jiangsu Second Normal University. Each spring, BC sends an assembly to study and teach in China. Jiangsu Second Normal University returns the favor each fall, including this fall in which four Chinese students are visiting the Bluefield campus to learn more about the American way of life, while offering their own instruction to students and the community about the Chinese culture, history and language.

Classes — open and free to students, faculty, staff and the public at-large — will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in 101 Lansdell Hall and will offer “an opportunity to learn about the Chinese culture, its history, its people, and its language,” according to Dr. Gerardo Cummings, director of BC’s Global Education Program. “Moreover,” Dr. Cummings said, “it will be a great opportunity to engage in discussion about the possibility of traveling and studying abroad in China.”

The Chinese delegation will be on the Bluefield College campus until November for the purpose of not only sharing their culture, but also gaining a better understanding of American culture in order to share their experiences in the United States with others in China.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with ambassadors of a great culture,” said Dr. Cummings. “You will learn how and why Mandarin, the official language of China, is the world’s number one most spoken language. If you are planning to do business in China, study abroad there, or if you are intrigued by the Chinese culture, their history and their language, then this study exchange is for you.”

For more information on the classes or other activities related to the Chinese study exchange, please call 276-326-4271 or 276-326-4246.

Read previous articles related to the BC-Jiangsu Second Normal University exchange:

BC Students to China: Spring ’11

Chinese Delegation Visits BC: Fall ’10

Jiangsu Students Visit Bluefield: Fall ’09

Visit the BC Global Education Page:

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