TROY – Troy University's Second Annual International Symposium on Alabama-China Education and Culture focused on research presentations, university-specific presentations and higher education collaborations.
Before settling into the day's agenda, the group toured the Confucius Institute at Troy University, one of the hosts for the symposium.
Presentations from each of the eight visiting universities provided overviews of each of the institutions' focuses in the Chinese educational system.
“We familiarized ourselves with each other in the morning session and investigated how the Chinese institutions and TROY could collaborate on future research and on developing working relationships in a number of areas," said Dr. Lee Vardaman, Associate Provost for Academic Support, whose office helps coordinate the activities of the Confucius Institute.
Vardaman said the key fields of collaboration were education, business and sport management. One of the visiting institutions – Capital University of Physical Education and Sports – has close ties to China's Olympic teams and sport management interests, a common thread with TROY's College of Health and Human Services.
On Tuesday, symposium attendees visited the Alabama State House, and met with state officials and toured LAMP school in Montgomery.
The symposium concludes tomorrow with a presentation by Dr. Jinxia Dong, a professor of physical education at Peking University and first lady of Capital University of Physical Education and Sports. Peking University was founded in 1989 as China's first national university in modern history, and consists of 47 colleges and departments with 105 undergraduate programs, 291 graduate programs and 249 doctoral programs.