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IUPUI hosts unprecedented delegation from Sun Yat-Sen University

Members of the Sun Yat-Sen University delegation
Members of the Sun Yat-Sen University delegation


March 30, 2012

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IUPUI hosted an unprecedented delegation from strategic partner Sun Yat-Sen University in China March 19–30. Thirty-seven deans, associate deans, and heads of units arrive at IUPUI for intensive two-week training in the area of teaching and learning.

SYSU is being hosted on the IUPUI campus by the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. Director Pratibha Varma-Nelson has put together a training program that covers peer-led learning, service learning, student-centered teaching, developing and assessing learning outcomes, learning management systems, and other tools.

The 37-person delegation includes Deans and high officials from all schools at SYSU, including

•SYSU Cancer Center
•School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
•Department of Chinese
•School of Communication and Design
•Department of Earth Sciences
•School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
•School of Foreign Languages
•School of Geographical Sciences and Planning
•Department of History
•School of Information Management
•School of Information Sciences and Technology
•School of International Studies
•School of Laws
•School of Life Sciences
•Lingnan College
•School of Mathematics and Computational Sciences
•School of Nursing
•Department of Philosophy
•School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
•School of Public Health
•School of Sociology and Anthropology
•School of Tourism
Other units represented in the delegation include:
•Career Services Center
•Dean’s Office
•Graduate School
•Human Resources Department
•Office of International Cooperation and Exchange
•Student Affairs Office
•SYSU Youth Association
•Undergraduate Admissions Office

It is unprecedented for so many academic leaders to be out of the country at one time, an act that demonstrates their commitment to improving teaching and learning outcomes in their home institutions and also to the strategic partnership between IUPUI and Sun Yat-Sen University.

About the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to advance teaching excellence at IUPUI while supporting faculty through a collaborative approach that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our urban research university. The CTL offers a wide array of programs, events, and services that foster innovation and translation of educational research into practice.

About the IUPUI Office of International Affairs
The OIA serves as IUPUI’s hub of international activities, including the coordination of campus-wide infrastructure for international engagement through strategic partnerships. For more on IUPUI’s international partnerships, see