Aug. 15, 2011
WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Nineteen Chinese government officials are spending six months at the University of New Haven taking courses on public administration and emergency management.
The officials are from Fujian Province in Southern China and hold positions at a variety of agencies including public safety, human resources, economic development, population and family planning, and agriculture.
The officials, who will stay until November, recently toured Connecticut’s state Capitol and met with Gov. Dannel Malloy. “We were pleased that they got to meet the governor because the students were so thrilled to have that opportunity,” said Ira Kleinfeld, associate provost for graduate studies.
Wu Xiaoyin and Gov. Dannel Malloy
The non-credit program has been developed to give the Chinese officials an overview of how government programs operate in the United States. Guest speakers have included a school superintendent, police personnel and others. After they finish four months of instruction, they will spend two months as interns in municipal, state and school system offices that parallel their duties in China.
“The Chinese government is very far sighted. It has been sending officials abroad for close to 30 years as a way to get their economy moving. The students absorb Western practices and then adapt them at home,” Kleinfeld said.
The officials, the first from Fujian Providence to come to UNH, are living in downtown New Haven and have been encouraged to take advantage of events and programs taking place in New Haven so they will get an exposure to U.S. culture, Kleinfeld said.
Wu Xiaoyin and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano
A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.