Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You? You Speak Second A Language? Huh, I Never Would Have Guessed!

Below is just a small sampling of some well know individuals demonstrating their second language speaking abilities!  To be sure, there are more but these are the ones I decided to highlight.  If you know of more please provide more specifics and a link in the comment section below.  Thanks!

This additional Bradley Cooper interview in French is for my wife.  On night after we were driving home from seeing the movie Silver Linings Playbook I told my wife "You know, Bradley Cooper speaks French fluently" to which she replied "I Know, As If Wasn't Hot Enough!"  :-)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

IEAA Excellence Awards 2016: Stuart Hughes (Professional Commentary in International Education) @IDPDRIE

I have worked at the University of Chicago in various international education roles since September 2000.  I love it here and just may remain here the remainder of my professional career (not counting various international higher education consulting projects I find myself involved with for other institutions and organizations)!

That said, I think Stuart Hughes has one of the best jobs on the planet!  Stuart runs the IDP Database of Research on International Education which is managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and supported by IDP.  Someday our paths will cross and I will finally meet Stuart and we can share some beverages together!

At the recent Australian International Education Conference held in Melbourne, Stuart received the well deserved IEAA Excellence Awards 2016 for Professional Commentary in International Education.  Last Thursday, IEAA tweeted out a wonderful video on Stuart and his contributions (on a global level) to the field of international education and I have embedded that video below.

You can access the IDP Database of Research on International Education at http://opac.acer.edu.au/IDP_drie/index.html

You can follow the IDP Database of Research on International Education at https://twitter.com/IDPDRIE

Finally, if you have published your work related to international education please consider adding it to the IDP Database of Research on International Education.  See the IDP-DRIE homepage link above to learn more about contributing your work.

Friday, December 2, 2016

"No Certificate of Global Citizenship" - Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016 - During the first stop of his "Thank You Tour" in Cincinnati, Ohio, President-elect Donald Trump spoke on many issues but at the 15:00 mark his words signaled what could be his administration's approach to and support of international educational and cultural exchanges. You can view and listen below:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Foreign Students and the Beijing Imperial Academy (Temple of Confucius at Beijing) during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties

Back in November 2013 I attended the Partnership in International Management (PIM) conference in Beijing, China.  After the conference I spent the weekend in Beijing with my friend Weidong (Jim) and he took me to all of the sites including the Great Wall of China.

One of the places he took me to visit was the Temple of Confucius at Beijing.  Built in 1302, it is the second largest Confucian Temple in China after the one in Qufu.  I really enjoyed my visit and learned that the Imperial Academy, also known as Imperial College, was the highest educational institution in feudal China and it was the only school to enroll foreign students coming from top sending countries such as Korea, Russia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand among others.

Following are several photos of my visit to the Temple of Confucius at Beijing and a three photos are of display signs highlighting the recruitment of foreign students.