Visiting Delegation from North Western Polytechnical University
On the 28th and 29th of November, University of Montana hosted a delegation of six faculty and staff from North Western Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China. UM’s Peter Koehn, Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Public Health, formed the initial relationship with NPU after collaborating with a NPU faculty member. The NPU delegation received a grant from the Chinese government which allowed them to visit UM and a few other Universities across the US.
NPU specializes in research and education in astronomical, aeronautical, and marine engineering. NPU is ranked tenth among all Chinese engineering universities. All of the delegates who visited UM were English language teachers in the linguistics department at NPU, which caters to both students in the engineering fields and those seeking degrees in linguistics.
While at UM, the delegation had meetings with the Global Engagement Office and the English Language Institute, the Mansfield Center, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the English Department, and others. The group received a tour of campus from one of our enthusiastic student advocates and went on a trip to the Mission mountains, where they received a personal tour from a priest at the St. Ignatius Mission.
The delegation stepped into the shoes of UM students by observing Beverly Chin’s English class and eating lunch in the Food Zoo. The group also had the chance to sit down for a meeting with President Bodnar, Provost Harbor, and Interim Global Engagement Director Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry to discuss possible future collaborations between the two universities. The visit culminated with a reception hosted by the Provost’s office that included delicious food courtesy of UM Dining.