accompanied by two faculty members from Shanghai University’s SILC Business School,
are visiting the Pitt-Bradford for three weeks to take
an information systems course sponsored by the computer information systems and technology program.
The students, who are either information
management or business administration majors, have completed two years of core
courses and intensive English language training at SILC. They’ve come to learn more
about American culture and business practice during their time in Bradford and
traveling in the Eastern United States. The SILC Business School is a joint
venture of Shanghai University and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
SILC specializes in business administration, accounting, information
management, economics and international business.
Dr.Y. Ken Wang, associate professor of CIST and visiting professor of business to
SILC, invited the group to visit. Wang and Don Lewicki, associate professor of
business management and director of the CIST program, are providing instruction
for the students. Other Pitt-Bradford information systems faculty and a senior
director from Zippo Manufacturing Co. are also holding seminars on specific
The students arrived in Bradford July
19 and spent their first weekend adjusting to the 12-hour time difference. They
will attend academic seminars on business modeling, emerging technology,
electronic commerce, information security, global supply chain management and
other business-related topics during the next few weeks. They will also tour
Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., during the weekends they are
were impressed with their new surroundings, particularly Pitt-Bradford’s campus,
the computer labs and technologies, the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness
Center, the Bromeley Family Theater, the Hanley library, and the hospitality of
faculty and staff. They shared their excitement with their families and friends
in China on WeChat, the most popular Chinese social network.
were also fans of American-style breakfast in the KOA Dining Hall and the
campus’s suite-style housing.
housing is so much better than ours,” said one student. “I think American
students must be very happy. People here live a very beautiful and calm life.”
Rita Du, one of the SILC faculty members traveling with the students, said she
hopes the visit can be expanded into a broader partnership between
Pitt-Bradford and SILC in which students study on both campuses. Pitt-Bradford
currently has similar arrangements with Yokohama College of Commerce in
Yokohama, Japan, and Heilbronn University in Heilbronn, Germany.