The Wisconsin Idea echoed through the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Dejope Hall on Oct. 12, when about 70 students from three Chinese universities gathered for the culmination of the UW Advance program. UW–Madison’s notion that education should touch people’s lives outside the classroom, in all corners of the world, resonated as the group recounted their experiences in a three-week program that includes learning activities with faculty members, English classes, and field trips that provide a taste of American culture. Find a gallery of photos from the event at the end of this story.
The latest group of Advance participants included undergraduates and PhD students from Nanjing Agricultural University, Ningbo University, and Zhejiang Normal University. In addition to bolstering their English skills and getting acquainted with UW–Madison, students visited local businesses and startup incubators to learn about entrepreneurship, cultivated friendships, and took part in all-American pastimes such as making s’mores. Some also explored the American agricultural and educational systems through lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities.
“You connected with international peers, experienced life at UW–Madison, and participated in American culture, and we hope this experience will help you excel in your academic and professional careers,” program director Christine Inthachith said during a ceremony celebrating the group’s achievements.