King's Students Engage Rising Superpower
Students travel to China to meet leaders in business and education
NEW YORK, July 6, 2011—Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “When China wakes, it will shake the world.” In the early 20th century, his words were drowned out by the sound of Western industrialization. Today, his words emerge prophetic. China’s 1.3 billion person economy booms, and its economic, political, and military influence continue to increase. This summer, a group of King’s students, faculty, and alumni traveled to China for three weeks to experience this increasingly strategic nation firsthand.
On June 2nd, the group departed New York City for China. In Beijing, students visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as Mao’s tomb and the Great Wall of China just outside the city. They then departed the capital city and traveled to Xi’an, where they spent three days interacting with Chinese students and building relationships with professors. The final stop on the tour was Hong Kong. Students toured high schools and universities to engage students and talk to professionals in education and business.
To prepare for the experience, students investigated the cultures, languages, and history of China. This helped them understand the most effective ways to interact and communicate with the students, teachers, and leaders they were to meet.
International Ventures at The King’s College sponsored a trip to China because of its rising power and influence, both regionally and globally. Pam Dodge, a 2011 graduate, said, “To say that China is a strategic nation is an understatement. China is the rising world power in so many ways: economically, politically, and even spiritually.”
China is also uniquely strategic from the perspective of business. Dawn Fotopulos, associate professor of business, took part in the venture and said, “It's impossible to teach business in today's global economy without having at least a basic understanding of China. Reading newspapers is not enough. We learned more by meeting educators and business people in two weeks than we could have learned in two years doing secondary research.”
While in China, the students made strategic contacts and are now actively developing internship opportunities with companies like Microsoft and Deloitte. “Should these internships materialize,” Professor Fotopulos said, “they will give TKC students a significant edge in the marketplace when they graduate, which is crucial to the fulfillment of our mission.”
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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