More University of Iowa students will be saying “ni hao” as the Confucius Institute continues to grow in popularity. Membership and participation in the institute has skyrocketed since its inception eight years ago.
A group of educational leaders from various Japanese universities is visiting the University of Iowa to discuss Iowa’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative and garner strategies and tactics to develop a STEM program in Japan.
UI alumna Jacqueline Klein, who received her Ph.D. from the College of Education in 2007, left a job as director of academic advising and learning development at NYU’s College of Nursing in New York to be part of the new endeavor. She is now assistant dean of academic and global affairs at NYU Shanghai.
When Katrina Korb uses a PowerPoint presentation in her University of Jos classroom, she brings her own projector and a small generator. This is just one of the differences between teaching at a U.S. institution and teaching in Nigeria. “The Nigerian university system faces many challenges, some of which are based on the lack of infrastructure that Nigeria faces as a whole,” Korb says. “One key example is irregular electricity.”