University abandons plans to establish joint college in China

first_imgThe University is no longer pursuing plans to establish a joint college with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, according to a letter addressed to faculty from J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, sent Monday morning.Eric Richelsen Although Notre Dame will continue to foster a relationship with ZJU through exchange programs and research projects, the two universities decided not to embark on the joint venture due to challenges that arose during the deliberation process, Entrikin said in the letter.“After many hopeful and positive conversations on both curricular and administrative matters related to the joint college, we were more easily able to discriminate and to delineate some of the key challenges as well as advantages in bringing together two very different approaches to higher education,” Entrikin said. “Thorough effort was expended in addressing these complexities, and at times the conversations showed exhilarating signs of progress.“In the end, however, some areas remained challenging for both universities, and we decided that broader cooperation would be a more effective means for achieving our common interests.”Entrikin and Jonathan Noble, acting executive director for the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, wrote a white paper addressed to Notre Dame faculty members in October 2014 explaining the possible collaboration between the two schools.The white paper said the joint liberal arts college aimed to “advance Notre Dame’s global academic reputation; promote worldwide Notre Dame’s unique and successful blend of teaching, research and service and offer opportunities for Notre Dame faculty and students to gain valuable experience teaching and studying in China.”According to the original white paper proposal, the Notre Dame-ZJU joint liberal arts college would have opened the 2017-2018 academic year. The student body would have been composed of 70 percent Chinese students and 30 percent international students. The college’s faculty would have been composed of members from both universities, and graduating students would have received a joint degree from both Notre Dame and ZJU.Over the past two years, faculty advisory delegations from both universities have made multiple campus visits — to both South Bend and Haining — to examine the project, Entrikin said. The committee reached its final conclusion after the most recent visit to China, made by a delegation that included Entrikin, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs Fr. William Lies and several members of the Board of Trustees.Entrikin said both universities have “gained a more comprehensive mutual understanding” and have agreed to continue discussions about future forms of collaboration. This summer, the University will host eight ZJU rising seniors participating in Notre Dame International’s iSURE program, which allows international students to participate in engineering and science research on campus.Ultimately, Entrikin said the experience has helped the University plan and develop current and new international programs, especially those in China.“Our Zhejiang colleagues now better understand what it means to be an excellent Catholic university, and we now better understand the academic achievements and aspirations of one of China’s leading universities,” he said. “On the foundation of this newly acquired shared understanding, we may now begin to proceed rapidly in building substantial and innovative partnership programs that will benefit both of our academic communities.”Tags: China, joint college, Zhejiang partnership, zhejiang University, ZJUlast_img read more

Persaud is top-shot on day one as WIFBSC opens

first_imgTHE prestigious West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council Championships (WIFBSC) and Guyana National Rifle Association (NRA) 150th shoot opened today in Guyana with National captain Mahendra Persaud leading the way.The Guyanese was in top form after the aggregate of the day’s 300-, 500- and 600-yard flights yesterday, amassing 134 points with 14 V bulls.He was followed closely with 133 points (10 Vs) by England’s Nigel David Stangroom and Guyana’s Lennox Brathwatie third on 132 points with 13 Vs. England’s David Calvert finished fourth (131, 10 Vs) with countrywoman Charlotte Alice Staples fifth (130, 13 Vs)The first event of the day at the 300-yard range, Guyanese Sherwin Filicien lost on a countback to Britain’s David Calvert after both men shot 35 (5 Vs). Kimberly Pope of Ireland finished third on account of equal points but with two less Vs while Stangroom finished fourth with 2 Vs.At the 500-yard, Staples tied on a countback against full-bore captain Persaud with both shooting 50 points with 6 Vs. England’s Henry Albert Day shot a similar number of points with three less Vs.Shooters line up at the 300-yard detail for the first shoot of the day.At the 600 yards is where Persaud showed his dominance, managing the same score while compatriot Brathwaite finished second and Stangroom third; a V bull separating the three top finishers.Meanwhile, at the launch during the morning period, the ranges were officially reopened after a brief period for renovation.Speaking at the opening, president of the GuyanaNRA Brigadier Patrick West contended that it was a great day for the sport.“Words cannot explain but this is a milestone event for the GuyanaNRA. I think as we celebrate 150, this competition here puts us in a position where the rest of the world is showing us that we are celebrating with you,” the Chief of Staff added.“We anticipate as well with the better range that we’ll have more competitions this year and in the years to come because of the facilities we have to offer.”The opening shot was fired by Brigadier West in the absence of Club Patron, H.E Brig. David Granger.last_img read more

KK Sarpong v Kotoko: “Don’t settle out of court” – Circles Chair insists

first_imgAsante Kotoko National Circles Council (NCC) Chairman, Kwaku Amponsah, has called on the club not to opt for an out of court settlement in its ongoing legal tussle with former former board chairman, Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong.Chairman One, as the NCC boss is known, expressed confidence in the judicial process, claiming that the subsequent judgment would help unravel the truth.“The impending court case should not be settled out of court but rather the case must be brought to its legal conclusion because Kotoko didn’t take Dr. Sarpong to court [but it was rather the reverse],” he told Adom FM.Dr. Sarpong dragged the Porcupine Warriors to court to claim monies which, according to him, are owed him from his period of stewardship at the helm of the club’s affairs.The NCC Chairman noted that since this is the first time such a legal suit is being brought against the club, it is in Kotoko’s best interest to let the law run its course in order to have a full restoration of reputation.He further urged all Kotoko supporters to be patient and stay away from the case in order to avoid contempt. “l know that when a case is in court, you don’t subject it to public commentary so l will advise my supporters to be careful when commenting on the court case,” Amponsah added.Both parties – Kotoko and Dr Sarpong – are set to appear in court on June 11.–last_img read more