April 06, 2012
By Sherrie Voss Matthews, International Media & Marketing Coordinator
UTSA has signed two new agreements of cooperation in China, which will allow students access to programs in sports medicine, physiology and a premier Chinese research institution.
As a result of the years of building relationships with the schools, Wan Xiang Yao, associate professor and department chair for health and kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development, was instrumental in UTSA’s development of the agreements with Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing and Chang’An University in Xi’an City.
Yao did his undergraduate and master’s work at Beijing Sport University, one of the premier academies in China. He has led two faculty-led study abroad trips to China.
|Julius Gribou and CIPE President Bingshu Zhong shake hands after signing an agreement of cooperation.|
Executive Vice Provost and Senior International Officer Julius M. Gribou and Yao spent 10 days in China in March touring several prospective institutions for future partnership. While abroad, Gribou signed agreements with Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing and Chang’An University in Xi’an City during the trip.
“This is an opportunity for UTSA to collaborate with two specialized schools of higher education in China,” Gribou said. “These agreements allow our students, faculty and researchers access to one of the best engineering schools in China, as well as one of the top sports medicine and training programs in the country.”
Gribou visited with Yao and his students, who were on a study abroad spring break program.
|UTSA College of Education and Human Development students on study abroad in China, spring break 2012, (from left to right): Sonia Marin, Lesley Lilly, Christian Umana, Paola Rodriguez, Denise Samudio, Yanzhou Lau (an undergraduate student from Beijing Sport University), David Castillo, Jennifer Francis, Summer Wilmoth, Maria Placeres (front row), Danielle Bravo (back row).|
Capital Institute of Physical Education, formerly Beijing Teachers’ College of Physical Education, was founded in 1956 in Beijing Municipality. It has about 8,000 students. CIPE began accepting foreign students in 1994. It offers specialized courses in physical education, sports physiology, sports training and management, traditional minority sports and social physical education for students. The school also offers extensive training in martial arts.
Chang’An University, in Xi’an City, China, is a large research institution that is under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. One of the top 100 ranked universities in China, Chang'An University was created in 2000 when three institutions were merged together, Xi'an Highway University, Xi'an Engineering Institute and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering. Xi’an is a cultural center in China, home to 8 million people. Xi’an is known the historical site of the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army.
|UTSA College of Education and Human Development students on study abroad with Dr. Wan Xiang Yao(left to right): (front row) Paola Rodriguez; Sonia Marin, Summer Wilmoth, Jennifer Francis, Dr. Zenong Yin, Shabnam Ashtiani. (back row:: Maria Placeres, Wan X. Yao, April Keeland, Lesley Lilly, Christian Umana, Danielle Bravo, David Castillo, Denise Samudio.|
Located in the historical and cultural city of Xi'an, Chang'an has more than 29,000 students.