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UTPA faculty participate in faculty exchange with Ocean University in China
Posted: 09/18/2006
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Two faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American - Dr. Hugo Mejias, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature and Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias, associate professor, Department of English - have recently departed to China to participate in a faculty exchange program at Ocean University in Qingdao during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters.

Pictured are Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias, associate professor, Department of English, and Dr. Hugo Mejias, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, who are participating in a faculty exchange program at Ocean University in Qingdao, China during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters.
The faculty exchange program was developed over the past three years following a series of trips and meetings between faculty and administrators of both UTPA and Ocean University. Representatives from China first visited in 2003 and requested that a relationship between the two be established. Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo next traveled to China in 2004 with a delegation from UTPA. At this time, Ocean University officials indicated their primary interest was to establish an extensive program in the Spanish language at their university because of the Chinese government's current interest in strengthening their relationship with Latin America and other Spanish speaking groups.

UTPA and Ocean University have agreed to jointly support a project to establish an exchange of faculty and students in languages, particularly Spanish. Mejias will lead the development of the Spanish program while Anderson-Mejias will teach English as a Foreign Language in Ocean University's English Department. She will also train teachers in Applied Linguistics.

In reciprocal exchange for the UTPA professors are Dr. Jing Liu, a member of Ocean University's Department of English faculty and Lu Zhiying, professor from the School of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Renmin University in Beijing. These two professors from China will be teaching at the UTPA's Department of English and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, respectively.

University officials indicate the agreement and exchange of faculty will serve as a strong beginning toward implementing the University's goal of infusing inter-American and global perspective throughout the University community. The exchange program is supported by UTPA Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and English, Office of the Provost, and the Office of International Programs

For more information call 956/381-3572 or e-mail intlcenter@panam.edu.

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