Global Education: Window to New Worldviews
Lakewood, N.J., July 27, 2016—Georgian Court University global education students and faculty recently visited China where they sampled the country’s past and present, and even caught a glimpse of the future. The June 2-17 faculty-led study abroad program was organized by the Department of Holistic Health and Exercise Science and the Office of Global Education Programs.
“The trip was amazing!” says Jeff Donnelly, M.L.S., M.A., who serves as interim director of library services for GCU’s Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library. The group was intrigued by the authenticity of ancient provinces like Xi’an, Luoyang, and Wudangshan. They also observed bustling, cosmopolitan life in Beijing and Shanghai.
“It was truly packed with a lifetime worth of experiences!” says Mr. Donnelly. “Getting to see the combination of historical, holistic, sacred, and spiritual sites blended with the cultural experiences found throughout the country made for a trip that was extremely valuable.”
For Georgian Court MBA student Catharine Giotis, it was a learning experience in a different way.
Although she was out of the country, Catharine was still responsible for completing coursework for her summer classes. That was especially hard to do without access to outlawed tools like Google Docs, Gmail, and other Web resources she was accustomed to using. Catherine got creative, using WhatsApp and other ways to participate in her Lakewood classes.
Overall, it was a journey—geographical and spiritual—she wouldn’t trade for anything.
“To be surrounded by one of the oldest cultures in the world, breathtaking views, and a nation filled with some of the most kind and generous people I have ever met was unforgettable,” Catharine says. “There are parts of the world from which we have much to learn. The simplistic way of life and value of good moral character that much of the Chinese culture embraces are things that will resonate with me forever. It was a privilege to experience China’s beauty.”
Video above by Catharine Giotis. Photos are courtesy of Jeff Donnelly, M.L.S., M.A.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and an historic, special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 31 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. The main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also serves students at New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.