ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & POLICY: WANXIANG FELLOWS PROGRAM
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Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
Location: Beijing and Hangzhou, China
University: Peking University, Wanxiang Polytechnic
Term: Summer Quarter
Program Dates: June 24, 2013 (arrival) - August 4, 2013 (departure)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Language Requirement: None - all classes are taught in English
Academic Interests: Environmental Studies, Engineering, Chinese Studies
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This competitive summer fellowship program, sponsored by the Wanxiang Group, IPD, and ISEN, allows students to study renewable energy in the United States and China while gaining exposure to Chinese language and culture. On-campus lectures and a visit to Wanxiang America Corporation’s solar panel manufacturing facility during Spring Quarter provide students with a foundation for understanding energy and sustainability within a comparative context and for developing group projects on energy and sustainability topics of their choice. Wanxiang Fellows begin their summer abroad experience with four weeks of courses at Peking University in Beijing and program excursions to historic sites. Then, students participate in a two-week intensive program at Wanxiang Polytechnic in Hangzhou, where they explore issues of energy technology and application through lectures by Wanxiang researchers and practitioners and site visits. Students present what they have learned upon return to Northwestern in the fall.
Founded in 1898, Peking University, colloquially known as “Beida,” was the first formally established modern national university of China. With over 30,000 students, of which seven percent are international students, Peking University is a premiere institution for education and research, particularly in natural and social sciences. The campus is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which is concentrated with many well-known colleges and universities.
Wanxiang Polytechnic, where students will spend the final two weeks of the program, is located in Hangzhou and specializes in science and technology.
Energy and Sustainability in China (1 credit)
In this course, which culminates in a two-week experiential program at Wanxiang Polytechnic in Hangzhou, students will learn about the energy challenges that exist in China and the new innovations that are being developed to respond to these challenges. The course begins during Spring Quarter at Northwestern with an introduction to the study of energy and sustainability and a visit to the Wanxiang America solar panel assembly and production plant in Rockford, IL. While in Hangzhou, students will learn from researchers at Wanxiang Polytechnic and practitioners at Wanxiang Group, and will go on various experiential field trips (i.e. solar farms, electric vehicle factory, and energy storage stations). Upon returning to Northwestern University, students will report on their experience.
Course Instructor: Yip-Wah Chung
Chinese Language: Interdisciplinary Course (1 credit)
While there is no language prerequisite to participate in the China summer program, students are required to take intensive language training while in Beijing. Seven levels are offered, depending on the student’s skill level. The material covered during the program will be equivalent to two quarters of Chinese classes at Northwestern.
The courses will be taught by Chinese language instructors from Peking University.
Politics of Contemporary China (1 credit)
This course introduces students to the key aspects of contemporary Chinese politics, with a focus on the ongoing process of economic and political reforms. Discussion topics include Chinese political history (1949 to present), Chinese government structure and institutions, factional politics, economic reforms and their political implications, corruption, nationalism, and mass media. The course aims to improve students’ factual knowledge about China and to engage them in scholarly debates on these topics.
Course Instructor: Tao Xie
Public Health in China (1 credit)
This seminar consists of a series of lectures, in English, on the healthcare system and public health in China. Lectures will introduce students to the most common health problems in China, the role of government, the organization of the health care system, and issues such as environmental health, SARS, HIV/AIDS, and emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Course Instructore: Peiyu Wang
HOUSING & MEALS
While there is no language prerequisite to participate in the China summer program, students are required to take intensive language training while in Beijing. Seven levels are offered, depending on the student’s skill level. The material covered during the program will be equivalent to two quarters of Chinese classes at Northwestern. The courses will be taught by Chinese language instructors from Peking University.
Beijing Historic & Cultural Sites
Beijing has been the seat of political power in China since the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century and holds many of the country’s most iconic sites. During the first month of the program, students will have the opportunity to visit historic sites of interest in the Beijing area, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall, among others.
The financial hub of Mainland China, Shanghai is also the largest city in the world by population and the flashy, vibrant centerpiece of the booming Chinese economy. Students will have the opportunity to tour Shanghai at the end of the program and visit such sites as the Bund, the Yuyuan Gardens, and the shopping districts, among others.
Summer 2013 Program Fee = $3,000, which includes tuition, housing, program-related excursions, and lunches during the Beijing portion of the program. All expenses for the Hangzhou portion of the program, in addition to international airfare, flight from Beijing to Hangzhou, health insurance, the Study Abroad Administrative fee, and visa fees, are covered by the Wanxiang fellowship. Students should also budget approximately about $1,200 for personal expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, personal travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
Students applying to this program are not eligible for IPD study abroad funding, but they may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.
For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda in the Financial Aid Office.