Title: Wenzheng College enjoys degrees of success
Building links with institutions overseas means students have global outlook.
Wenzheng College of Soochow University stands out from its peers with its strength of internationalization, a strategy that has been adopted over the past 20 years.
Mohan Gogineni, a US lecturer at Arizona State University, has been teaching under the cooperative program at Wenzheng College for two years.
But it was to his great delight to see students getting in tune with the US style of education — asking questions of the teacher whenever necessary. It was a major marker of progress as Gogineni found out, for most of them were initially neither comfortable nor confident in asking questions.
Xia Qianhan, who had planned to do further postgraduate studies after college in China. The 22?year?old undertook a business studies exchange program in the US during the first summer vacation at Wenzheng College, and she went to study fashion design at University of East London for the summer vacation during her sophomore year, before spending a month traveling around Canada in her third summer.
“The overseas study trips have helped a lot regarding my application for postgraduate programs. They were both very challenging experiences, as they had little to do with my major,” says Xia, who majored in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. “It was totally unexpected that Wenzheng College could offer so many exchange programs.”
Title: Dual role gives double benefit to students
For the past two decades Wu Changzheng, head of Wenzheng College, the privately?run institution of Soochow University, has had two demanding roles — as a class adviser and head of the college.
While university students were supposed to be more academic, college graduates were trained to have expertise in a certain technologies, Wu says. Chinese college graduates may find difficulty in pursuing higher positions in their career due to the lack of academic knowledge.
“It takes a lot of courage for the teachers to work in a totally different environment. But it is indispensable. Teachers should keep up with the latest industry trends so that they are capable of instructing the students.”
Title: Business acumen nurtured by sound environment
When Tao Xueyan set up her own business four years ago, it came as no surprise to her teachers and classmates at Wenzheng College. She had displayed a budding entrepreneurship spirit when she ran a rock ’n’ roll band in her school days.
Tao says two things remain unchanged over the years — the relatively free environment at the college and the sense of responsibility that students learn there.
If there is one thing that graduates of Wenzheng College share in common, it is the confidence that can be found from all of them, says Tao. “We are confident that we can make a difference in society,” she says.