The University of Iowa

Authored by Melissa Korn

Xi Ma leads a Chinese Name pronunciation workshop
8/22/2014

Professors Get Schooled on Pronouncing Chinese Students’ Names

This week, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business are learning how to welcome incoming Chinese students—by correctly pronouncing their names. As Chinese students make up a larger share of student bodies at U.S. colleges—and comprise a large majority of the 20% international enrollment at Tippie—administrators are making cultural adjustments smoother on campus, with special orientations for Chinese students, multicultural food events and Chinese-language coaching for professors and staff.