Mount St. Mary’s College continues to strengthen its ties with partner universities in China. This December, MSMC Professor Emerita Nancy Pine, Ph.D., met with Vice President Shao Jin, of Nanjing University’s Jinling College. The two discussed growing student-exchange programs and faculty teaching opportunities between the two institutions.
Dr. Pine’s trip to China is just the latest connection between the Mount and two Chinese universities: Nanjing and Gannan Normal. Mount St. Mary’s and Nanjing have already developed a student-exchange program and visiting scholars program.
Over the past two years, the Mount has utilized a two-year, 100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to integrate international cultures – particularly Chinese culture – into a cross-section of undergraduate and graduate coursework.
During her most recent trip, Dr. Pine also had the opportunity to give a speech about liberal arts education to students and faculty in Jinling College’s English department. The audience included students interested in spending a semester at the Mount, as previous students from the department have done over the past few years.
Back in the States, Dr. Pine recently delivered a talk in New Haven, Conn., as Yale University’s Yale-China Fireside Chat series. For the topic “What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America,” Dr. Pine drew on her book, Educating Young Giants. Her work contends that both the U.S. and China can – and should – learn from each other’s educational models.
“Each attendee who jostled to find a place to stand and see last night [at your talk] was an endorsement of the relevance and timeliness of your research,” Nancy Yao Maasbach, executive director of the Yale-China Association, wrote Dr. Pine the following day. “There is a clear appetite in both cultures to learn from each other. Most impressively, audience members from the Chinese and U.S. systems both felt you had clearly and fairly captured their experience; such balance is not easy to achieve!”
Dr. Pine is the longtime director of Mount St. Mary’s Bridging Cultures: U/S China Program, which provides undergrad and graduate-level MSMC students with the chance to become more familiar with the rapidly changing country.