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Northwest A&F University Completes Higher Education Administration Training Program (08/14) / 西北农林科技大学培训项目顺利闭幕

MCI just finished hosting Northwest A&F University (NWAFU) in an extensive 30-day program in higher education administration. Trainees had the unique opportunity to learn from experts in area of managing and developing scientific research at universities. Classes such as these will enable trainees to better administer programs and initiatives specific to agriculture and forestry back at their home institutions.

Besides the lectures, MCI has also provided certain amounts of visits. To begin with, the trainees had the opportunity to visit the National Agriculture Library and discuss the similarities and differences in the agricultural history between China and the U.S. They also had very fortunate access several USDA research institutes to get updated on the cut-of-the-edge agricultural issues in the world. At the same time, the visit to Mount Vernon and Monticello provided them a precious opportunity to get a more in-depth understanding of the U.S. history and the social and cultural changes happened in the U.S. In this way, the trainees obtained a hands-on experience and integrate what they learned in lecture with the practice.

During the whole process of this training program, all the trainees speak highly of the facilities in University of Maryland. Many of the trainees formed a habit of swimming or playing Ping-Pong after the lectures every day in the Recreation Center, achieving a balance between learning and exercising. 

近日,美华中心刚刚完成了西北农林科技大学的高等教育管理培训项目。在过去的一个月里,团员立足马里兰大学,通过专题授课的形式,与马里兰大学的著名学者和资深管理人员进行了广泛而深入的交流,了解了这所美国著名高等学府在科研实践与行政管理领域的先进经验,这不仅对他们回国后的日常行政工作大有裨益,而且对其将要开展的农业专项活动也有极强的借鉴意义。

与此同时,美华中心还为团员安排了大量的实地考察和访问活动。团员们既可以在美国农业图书馆阅览珍贵文献,与专家一道对比中美两国农业发展的诸多异同;又能进入美国农业部下属的多处研究机构,与科研人员就最前沿的科研问题进行深入交流。不仅如此,参观维农山庄(乔治·华盛顿故居)和蒙蒂塞洛(托马斯·杰弗逊故居)更是让团员可以深入地了解了美国的历史以及建国200多年来社会文化生活发生的巨大变化。在这个过程中,团员不仅收获了大量的一手资料,加深了自己对培训课程的理解,而且也加深了对美国社会与文化的认识。

值得一提的是,在整个项目过程中,来自西北农林科技大学的团员们对于马大先进的生活设施赞不绝口,在课堂学习之余,每天坚持在马大的健身中心通过游泳和打乒乓球锻炼身体,做大了工作学习两不误。