Wednesday, September 10, 2008
United International College
Doug and I have been in Zhuhai just over a week. We have been getting organized and trying to learn as much about UIC as we can since we are planning to spend the next four months here. I have already been assigned an office, had a computer installed and met many of the staff. Although classes do not begin until Oct 6th the first year students arrived last Monday for a month of English training before the official start of school.
The parents of the first year students attended several seminars the first few days which ended with the college hosting them at a "High Table Dinner" last Tuesday. I was invited as an honored guest and asked to sit at the head table. The program was entirely in Chinese since many of the parents do not speak English. As the MC was introducing the members of the head table, I knew it was my turn to stand when I heard the words MINNESOTA and AUGSBURG COLLEGE. The 8 people at the head table were all dressed in "academic garb" (which UIC provided) and we all had to go around the room giving toasts and having photos taken with the parents. It was a fun and exciting way to begin my final year of teaching.
BRIEF FACTS ABOUT UIC
UIC (United International College) is a 4 year liberal arts college founded jointly by Bejing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University. All classes are to taught in English. It is located in Zhuhai, China (just East of Hong Kong and North of Macau). The school is beginning it's 4th year (fall 2008) and will have approximately 3,300 students attending. This Fall 1,200 new first year students are expected and they will be graduating their first class of 270 students Spring of 2009. The plan is to keep enrollment at approximately 4,000 which they should reach next fall (2009).
At the present time the majority of students come from mainland China but the intention is to recruit more international students to realize a goal of about 50/50 (international/Chinese). The student body is approximately 60% female/40% male. Although UIC has 13 different majors, 50% of the students are majoring in Business.
Tuition at UIC is approximately 44,000 RMB or approximately $6,500 per year.