Whitman in China Program

A bit of Whitman in China history ...

The Whitman in China (WIC) Program was established in 1982 by Professor David Deal (Chinese history) to provide an international educational exchange opportunity between Whitman College and universities in China at a time when both the U.S. and China were opening up relations and in need of opportunities to learn about each other.
 

The exchange began in 1982 initially with relationships between Whitman College and Yunnan University in Kunming and Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi'an.  At various junctures in the program's history in the 1980s and 1990s, partner institutions included Sichuan International Studies University in Chengdu and Wuhan National Minority University in Hubei.  Since 2000 when a new partnership with Shantou University, Guangdong Province, was established, the College has partnered exclusively with NPU, Shantou and Yunnan University.

Alumni Gather in Kunming for WIC 30th Anniversary Celebration ...

On June 29, 2013 the 30th Anniversary of the Whitman in China program was celebrated at a banquet hosted by Yunnan University, a sequel to the reunion held at Whitman last September.  50 guests attended the festivities in Kunming including officials from Yunnan University, Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, and Whitman representatives Provost Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Counseling Center Counselor Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, Off-Campus Studies Director Susan Holme, Prof Chas McKhann '79 and Prof Zhao Wencui.  Whitman alumni in attendance included Donglai Zhang '04, Trish Hayward '06, Mike Pinkham '06, Jeremy Balch '10, Gabrielle Boisrame '10, Nick Souby '12 and Matt Rowett '12 and numerous former China Sherwood Scholars and Chinese Native Speakers who formerly spent one year at Whitman.  Related events were held in Beijing and Shanghai with incoming students and parents, as well as alumni currently living in China, such as Sean Molloy '91 and Margaret Xiaojiao Yang '13.  For the full story, read on ....

Whitman in China Teaching Program

China Sherwood Scholar Program