Summer 2015 HEA Abroad Experience
An intentional effort to seek education challenges, obtain international experiences and create relationships that surpass border limitations will prepare students to succeed in a global market. To say competition is tough is an understatement. In order to flourish after college, students must start strategizing long before the college application process. The Payne Global Initiative, China Emerging Experience Program, prepares today’s student to compete on a global level.
The Payne Global Initiative is the entity making sure that HBCUs and their students are apart of expanding their educational network through global immersion experiences. To be successful, it is simply mandatory that today’s students shift their thinking from internal to external and supplement their collegiate years with enriching experiences that surpass the American border. Today, Mandarin is the most useful business language after English and commands tremendous financial and educational power.
“It is vital that we find a way to reach beyond our borders for students to take advantage of global curriculums,” Dr. Payne says. “Academic preparation would not be complete unless these students understand the world they are going to be in over the next 20 years.”
In the summer of 2015 through the Payne Global Initiative, nine students were selected to study abroad in China. Four students studied in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University and the other five students studied Mandarin at Xi’an Shiyou University. To supplement the in-class experience, both groups of students spent roughly 30 percent of their time visiting historic sites, museums and restaurants. Students were assigned mentors who accompanied them throughout their excursion and ensured their understanding of this applicative cultural process.