Nov. 9, 2012 — Morehead State University’s Office of International Education will open an American Center at Guangxi University (GXU), in Nanning, PRC.
Dr. James Masterson, the project director and the director of international education, secured a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to provide programming to educate Chinese students at Guangxi University about American culture and address common myths and misperceptions that Chinese students may hold.
“The American Center will allow Morehead State to further several initiatives simultaneously. Through the grant, we will be able to continue to provide world-class education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, only this time, in the Zhuang Minority region that is located in Guangxi Province,” said Dr. Masterson.
“To do this the American Center will directly support our efforts to promote overseas teaching and scholarship experiences for our faculty. Through the Center, we will be able to expose more faculty members to the overseas experience that would otherwise not have the opportunity. Lastly, through outreach efforts by visiting faculty fellows, it will expose our university’s programs more effectively in southern China to potential in-coming international students from the region.”
The program started with the establishment of one center in Sichuan Province by Arizona State University in 2010. The next year, the U.S. Department of State funded 10 more centers. The Ohio State University, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University and the University of Kentucky are four of the universities funded in 2011. This year, MSU joins six other institutions in creating a new wave of American Centers in China. MSU will have the only American Center in Guangxi Zhuang Semi-Autonomous Region.
MSU has had an on-going relationship with Guangxi University for more than a decade. More than 30 visiting scholars from GXU have come to MSU’s campus and 14 undergraduate and graduate students have taken classes here in the past year.