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Zhang Ningjun, center, receives gifts from faculty and staff at the Mount during a celebration of her visit.

Mount Welcomes Chinese Scholar From Nanjing University

Feb. 1, 2012 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University welcomes its 10th Chinese Visiting Scholar this month as part of a program designed to close the gap between American college students and their Chinese counterparts.

Zhang Ningjun is the latest scholar from Nanjing University who has traveled to Los Angeles through the Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program. The visitors come to Mount St. Mary’s to share their everyday experiences with students and faculty. Zhang, a business professor, will be lecturing to Mount students in various classes about Chinese culture. This is Zhang's second visit to the U.S.

Among other topics, she is discussing China's one child per family policy, as well as how China's education system compares to U.S. experiences. Zhang is married to the manager of a chemical plant and has a 16-year-old son.

Zhang has two decades of experience teaching business courses to students. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics and a master's of business administration from Nanjing University, and is currently a PhD candidate in management. Her publications include articles on taxation in China, reform of state-owned enterprises and the evolution of protectionism.

The Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program provides undergraduate and graduate students the chance to become familiar with the historically rich and rapidly changing People’s Republic of China. The program seeks to enhance understanding of the dynamics of Chinese/American connections and to provide students with a foothold in 21st century Pacific Rim issues. Besides the Visiting Scholar Program, the project sponsors email exchanges between Mount students and their counterparts at Nanjing University. In addition, the program provides college library resources, and consults with students and faculty wanting to learn more about modern China. Most recently, the program helped develop and sustain the first Mount international student exchange program, along with the recently-funded National Endowment for the Humanities project, "Women & China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies."

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