The iCons mission to provide integrative education on global issues is beginning to attract global attention, and foster global partnerships.
On Monday, September 15th, iCons faculty and staff met with Dr. Yan Zhu of the Communication University of China in Beijing to share ideas on integrative education. The round table featured iCons director Scott Auerbach, program manager Jane Markarian, and collaborators Xian Liu, Jack Mino, and Kate Maiolatesi from Holyoke Community College, Dr. Zhu's host institution during her visit to the United States.
Covering topics from different models for integrative learning, to the detailed structure of the iCons Program, to a vision for the future the iCons at UMass Amherst, the lively discussion was just the beginning of what promises to be a fruitful cultural exchange. Dr. Zhu has plans to visit campus again twice during the fall semester before returning to China in early November.
Photo caption: Xian Liu, Jack Mino, Kate Maiolatesi, Yan Zhu, Scott Auerbach, and Jane Markarian after their cross-cutting discussion on integrative science.