On March 14, 2017, Dr. KATIA PASSERINI, Dean of the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University (SJU) and her husband Mr. ARTURO PASSERINI visited Sanya University (USY) for further discussion on sino-foreign cooperative programs. Ms. Zoe Che, Vice President of USY met with the visiting guests and expressed the heartfelt welcome on behalf of Prof. Lu Dan, President of USY. Mr. Liu Kainan, Dean of School of Information and Intelligence Engineering, Ms. Zhang Yuhong, Dean of School of International Hospitality Management and Mr. Meng Yi, Vice Dean of School of Media and Cultural Industry attended the meeting.
The application for sino-foreign cooperative programs between the two universities were initiated from August, 2016. At the meeting,Vice President Che delivered to the attendees the overall situation on the application process and also pointed out the problems and improvements for the future work. She expressed that the tentative majors would be Computer Science and Technology, Hospitality Management and Adverting, among which Computer Science and Technology would be prioritized. During the meeting, she emphasized to discuss in detail on the aspects of teaching plan, syllabus, courses and faculty allocation. She wished both sides would make concerted efforts to push forward the programs.
Vice President Che discussed details with Dr. KATIA PASSERINI on syllabus, courses and faculty allocation
Dr. Katia, on behalf of Dr. Conrado Bobby Gempesaw, the President of St, John’s University, was grateful for all efforts made in the previous preparation. She said SJU now accommodates about 22,000 students, among which 4000 students are from College of Professional Studies. The college currently has 100 full-time teaching faculty with 350 part-time teachers. The college aims to develop well-rounded professionals capable of integrating theoretical knowledge with applied concepts learned through classroom, practice and online activities, local and global service-learning, academic and career-focused internships. So far, the featured bachelor majors are Hospitality Management, Computer Science, Communications and Media, and the existing master programs are International Communications, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, Sports Management and Homeland Security. Meanwhile, master in Hospitality Management, Cyber Security, Integrated Advertising Communications have been put into the agenda for the near future discipline construction. After the completion of the study in the joint programs, USY students are encouraged to seek graduate study in SJU. She said the cooperative programs are feasible for students from both universities and would make continuous efforts to formulate SJU’s syllabus and curriculum, and make all necessary preparation to push forward the accomplishment of the application after their return to New York.
Campus tour and visit to the internship base
Heads of the relevant schools also introduced basic situation on each school and exchanged ideas on the talents cultivation. After the meeting, Dr. KATIA PASSERINI and Mr. ARTURO PASSERINI had a campus tour and also went to visit the internship base for students in Hospitality Management at the Westin Blue Bay Resort and Spa.
So far, Sanya University has accomplished the application of one sino-foreign program with Denmark Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College and has recruited first group students nationwide in September, 2016. With the cooperative education, curriculum, teaching materials and faculty will be brought in, by which students are able to learn and enjoy international advanced educational resources without going aboard. After completing all credits for the jointly designed degree program, students will receive an undergraduate certificate and Bachelor Degree Certificate conferred by both universities. The sino-foreign cooperation in running school between USY and SJU will be another great event toward educational internationalization for our university.