Published 08/03/16

Students from Bryant Zhuhai arrive for two-week study abroad program

Bryant University celebrated another milestone as a leader in international education on Aug. 3 by welcoming the first group of students from Bryant Zhuhai in China to the Smithfield campus. Eighty-seven students - more than half of Bryant Zhuhai’s inaugural class - will spend a week in the United States as part of the Sophomore International Experience program.

“Seeing you here at Bryant, just one year after you began this transformational experience, just makes me so proud,” President Ronald K. Machtley told the students. “It is such a great honor to welcome you to the Bryant campus.”

Bryant University’s first-entering class of 160 Chinese students began their studies Bryant Zhuhai last September. In collaboration with Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai (BITZH), the new four-year undergraduate program prepares students with the global perspective that is essential for success in today’s international business world. The academic program in Zhuhai, which is taught in English, is designed to mirror the vigor of Bryant’s nationally recognized curriculum and the quality of faculty. The graduating students will receive a Bryant University degree.

“Seeing you here at Bryant, just one year after you began this transformational experience, just makes me so proud."

“For me, this is a very special moment,” said David Lux, Ph.D, academic dean at Bryant Zhuhai. “I feel honored to represent both Bryant University and Bryant Zhuhai and to have these intercultural conversations and the opportunities to work between the two cultures.”

The Sophomore International Experience, available to students at both campuses, allows students to learn firsthand about cultures and commerce in other countries. The three-credit course, held during winter and summer breaks, begins the semester before departure with an introduction to cultural norms, historical reading and analysis, language study, and art appreciation. For many participants, it is the first time they use a passport.

While in Smithfield, the Zhuhai students will learn about American business culture, mass media, politics and more from Bryant's Smithfield-based faculty members. They will also interact with Bryant’s Smithfield students and learn some of the fine points of American football from the Bulldog football team.

The Zhuhai students will also meet with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza at the Rhode Island State House, and will travel to Boston to tour of  the offices of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Students will also visit Providence, Newport, Boston, New Haven, New York, and Washington, D.C., before returning to China

Bryant is also hosting a dozen students from China University of Geosciences (CUG). Bryant and CUG have a strong partnership that features student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations. This is the third consecutive summer CUG students have visited Bryant.