As an exchange program, MPC is committed to providing opportunities for Chinese university professors to spend one or more semesters at a Mennonite college in North America. Professors are almost always language teachers from the foreign language departments of MPC partner universities in Sichuan. The program benefits both the community and university that hosts the scholars and the scholars and the universities that send them.
MPC has arranged numerous visits to America and Canada for education, social service and church organizations.Tour details are arranged according to the interests of the delegation and can include visits to a variety of institutions, agencies and places of cultural importance.
MPC assists universities in China with specialized training programs for administrators and staff.Groups spend several weeks in the U.S.,learning about educational practices and administration from American university administrators and staff.
This academic training program provides an opportunity for administration and staff at Chinese universities to learn about American university administration and management. The goal is to introduce new ideas, policies and management theories. While Western methods cannot simply be transferred to Chinese schools, the training program can provide a different perspective and new ideas.
MPC partner universities in China are invited to send a group (8-18) of administrators and management staff. These persons can be department directors, leaders of divisions or other staff who would benefit from learning about American university management.
Mennonite Partners in China will connect with a Mennonite university to host the program. MPC will take care of the program details; staff at the Mennonite university will do the training. Mennonite universities are small, but have the basic departments and programs of larger universities. MPC will provide the proper documents and invitation letter needed to apply for the American visa.
MPC and the host university will arrange a nine-day training program (including free weekend). Each day there will be lectures and information presented from several different departments. Following are topics that can be addressed: higher education issues; university performance measures and ranking; admissions and enrollment; academic records; academic support services; student housing; student activities and services; monitoring and evaluating teaching performance; faculty development; information systems and security; continuing education and distance learning; libraries; information technology; international education programs; campus planning and facilities management; campus safety and disaster management; financial management; environmental issues; research funding and university development. Topics not listed may be included upon request. The Chinese university will provide one or two competent translators to accompany the group.