It’s roughly 6,700 miles from Indianapolis to China, but perhaps the distance just shrunk a bit.
-Brian Stanley ’12 has been awarded a full scholarship by the Chinese government to study in China during the 2012-13 academic year. He will be studying at Beijing Language and Culture University.
-Anthony Erlandson ’11, who received the same scholarship last year and spent the 2011-2012 academic year studying Chinese at Zhejiang Normal University, has been granted an extension of his scholarship so he can continue to study at that university during the 2012-2013 academic year.
-And coming in the other direction is Mengying Qu, a visiting instructor from Sun Yat-Sen University, who will be a guest instructor this academic year in the Chinese language program in Butler’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
Stanley and Erlandson are the sixth and seventh Butler graduates to have won these prestigious China Scholarship Council scholarships in recent years.
“As China’s importance in global affairs continues to grow, it is more important than ever that we provide Butler students with a comprehensive program of on-campus courses and other activities,” said C. Montgomery Broaded, director of Butler’s Center for Global Education. “That also means study abroad and exchange opportunities so they can learn Chinese language and to study China’s history, culture, and contemporary circumstances.”
Stanley will be studying Mandarin Chinese.
“I am studying Mandarin so that I can continue my pursuit of studying Chinese-U.S. relations in graduate school,” he said in an e-mail. “I feel that being able to study the language while being immersed in it and the culture will be greatly beneficial.”
Erlandson said he had a successful first year at Zhejiang Shifan University (also known as Zhejiang Normal University) and applied to renew the scholarship for a second year.
“I have a strong interest in international relations,” he said, “and I’m currently planning on pursuing an advanced degree when I’m back in the U.S. after this year, possibly in Washington D.C. Alternatively, I may seek employment in China and choose to stay there for a while longer gaining work experience.”
Qu, who is based at Sun Yat-Sen University, is being supported by the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis (based at IUPUI) and by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Xiaoqing Liu, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, said she will be teaching two courses this semester and two more next semester.