PKAL and China; PKAL in China

A delegation from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China participated in PKAL Assemblies held at the University of California at Irvine and at the University of Colorado at Boulder in mid-November.

One outcome of those interactions is a decision to explore formal collaborations between PKAL and Chinese scientists, scholars, and officials in the immediate future. The intent is to consider the range of possible collaborations-- from research exchange opportunities for students, faculty, and student & faculty, to joint curriculum development, through the sharing of effective practices in the use of new technologies, new pedagogies, and in assessment of learning. A three-year plan of moving from small steps to more extensive collaborations will be drafted; a PKAL event is tentatively scheduled to be held in Beijing in fall 2004.

Dr. Bruce Alberts, President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, presented a keynote address at the Irvine assembly, which dealt with "infusing a global dimension into the undergraduate STEM learning environment." In his remarks, Alberts stressed the critical need for international communities to work together to prepare the coming generations of S&T professionals, equipping leaders capable of bringing scientific and technological understanding to the work of solving 21st century problems and opening up new frontiers in science and technology. He also outlined how the U.S. National Academy of Science is working with peer institutions around the world to encourage and inform international collaborations. His PowerPoint presentation can be found here.

We are distilling Irvine discussions as a first step in outlining this potential collaboration; they will be presented in portfolio format on the PKAL website early 2004. As with all PKAL endeavors, we will build on best practices and lessons learned from the work of those with experience in this arena. Thus we need to know now about well-established collaborations between individual scholars, institutions, consortia in the U.S. and China.

Because we recognize the potential variety of such collaborations, at this initial stage we are asking just for a brief description of the collaboration and/or connections with Chinese colleagues.

But it will be helpful to know the following (check all that apply; submit individual responses for individual programs to

Focus on research opportunities abroad

for undergraduate students ______
for undergraduate students and faculty ______
for undergraduate faculty ______

Focus on curriculum (programs, courses, etc.)

Topic 1:


Topic 2:


Formal study abroad program:

semester: ______
summer: ______
other: ______
year established: _____________
names of collaborating institution:

And, if possible:

Any special feature of the collaboration that should be adapted in further collaborations:


Any important lessons learned in developing, implementing or assessing the collaboration that could inform new collaborations.


How was it funded?


Responses by December 16 will be appreciated. If you just want to be kept abreast of our planning, let us know.

(NOTE: the Irvine assembly dealt with countries in all parts of the world; we also addressed ways to ...infuse the global dimension... into the on-campus learning experience for all students, majors and non-majors alike. This broader set of issues will be included in the portfolio.)