A delegation of Johnson University administrators, trustees, and friends recently returned from a two-week trip to China. This trip served to strengthen Johnson’s ongoing educational partnership with Chinese universities and schools. The continued partnership enables Chinese teachers to study towards a master’s degree on the Tennessee campus as well as serve as visiting teachers for one year in local schools.
While in China, the delegation visited Anhui Normal University and Sias University, meeting with administrators from these institutions. In addition to these meetings the group also had the opportunity to tour primary and secondary partner schools where graduates of Johnson’s master’s program teach, meet with administrators of these existing partner schools, and visit the Confucius Classroom Institute in Beijing, China.
One of the highlights of the trip included hosting the first official gathering of the Johnson University Chinese Alumni Association. This gathering was hosted on the evening of June 15th in Zhengzhou, China. Over 41 alumni of Johnson University were in attendance, as well as four visiting teachers and the delegation from Johnson University. The evening consisted of remarks by administrators and Chinese alumni who shared some of their favorite experiences while studying in Tennessee. Through this meeting, the Chinese alumni founded an Alumni Association Committee to plan future events and initiatives.
The delegation from Tennessee included President Gary Weedman, Provost Tommy Smith, Dean Roy Miller (Templar School of Education), Board of Trustees member Rick Woods and his wife Janice Kidd, principal of Seymour Primary School Jan Moore and her daughter Cady Moore, and Director of International Relations Duan Hua.