Outlook on Our Sister University
1. Institute for Global Change Studies Opens (China)
An inaugural ceremony to mark the opening of the Institute for Global Change Studies, Tsinghua University (IGCS) was held at Tsinghua on January 18th. University President Gu Binglin, Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IGCS, Former Minister of Science and Technology Xu Guanhua, Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IGCS and Vice Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Ding Zhongli, and Mr. Guo Xiangyuan from the Ministry of Science and Technology jointly inaugurated the new Institute.
In order to further promote global change related research, Tsinghua integrated research resources from Departments of Computer Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Nuclear Energy as well as the Center for Earth System Science to form the Institute for Global Change Studies. In the short term, the institute will concentrate its research on earth system observation and modeling, and economical research problems related to global change.
President Gu extended congratulations to the founders of the IGCS. He noted that its establishment would further promote Tsinghua's research in global change and the development of related disciplines. He expressed the hope that the Institute could build itself into a world-level research center and contribute to global change research and social development in China.
2. MSU launches hybrid Ph.D. in educational technology (America)
Michigan State University is now offering its doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology online with a new hybrid option focused on the evolving role of technology in learning.
The blended four- to five-year program, which combines online coursework with summer classes on campus, is designed to meet a growing demand from experienced education professionals who want to earn a Ph.D. while continuing in their current positions.
These professionals currently serve in K-12 schools, universities or research institutions, and understand how new technologies, including online learning, continue to transform education.
The goal is to develop the next generation of educational leaders who understand the need to create new technologically sound pedagogies grounded in innovative research and practice.
MSU’s College of Education is now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort of students, with classes slated to begin this June. Few research universities offer online doctoral coursework in education, said Punya Mishra, associate professor of educational technology.
“We are meeting a clear national demand from highly qualified professionals who want to enhance their scholarly abilities but can’t devote four years to full-time study on campus,” said Mishra, who, along with colleague Matthew Koehler, developed a model for integrating technology for effective teaching.
3. UC San Diego Offers New Master’s Degree in International Affairs for Professionals
University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) is launching a one-year executive master’s degree program beginning fall 2010, and is now accepting applications for the new Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs.
The program provides a rigorous curriculum designed to complement the experience of working professionals from the United States and the countries of the Pacific region. The course of study begins with seminars on the politics and economics of the region, including East and Southeast Asia and Latin America, and offers three career track options: international security; international political economy; and international public policy.
Students can customize half of the curriculum around their professional interests. The degree program can be completed in one academic year at a full-time pace. A part-time track that can be completed in two years is also available for working professionals.
Candidates qualify with a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an institution of comparable standing to the University of California and five years of relevant work experience.
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