University of Scranton Asian Studies Concentration Receives Pennsylvania’s K-16 Collaboration Award

            The University of Scranton’s Asian Studies concentration, along with the Abington Heights School District, were selected to receive the Commonwealth’s 2011 “Bringing the World to Pennsylvania: K-16 Collaboration Award” for their innovative cooperation on Chinese language and cultural instruction.

            According to Ann Pang-White, Ph.D., director of the Asian Studies concentration and professor and chair of the University’s Philosophy Department, the University envisions this collaborative project as an important step in strengthening K-16 global educational programs and offering community outreach in the area of Asian Studies. Both institutions hope that a strong foundation in world languages and cultures would be the first step in preparing their students to become respectful, caring, and responsible citizens of the global community.

            The Bringing the World to Pennsylvania Award is awarded by the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) to give support and visibility to international/multi-cultural collaborative projects between K-12 and higher education institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The recognition of such programs is intended to encourage educators and administrators to offer similar programs in their own school districts and communities, to build partnerships among educational institutions and to demonstrate to state officials the energy and creativity that is available to further the international interests of the state.

            The award ceremony took place Sept. 23, during the PaCIE’s 2011 Conference reception at the Hilton Harrisburg.

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