Global Development Studies program receives national award
The Queen’s Global Development Studies (DEVS) Semester at Fudan program was recently recognized as a model bilingual education program by the government of the People’s Republic of China.
“This designation by the Chinese government is very meaningful, because it proves that the advantages of this program are not only one-way,” says professor and program coordinator Paritosh Kumar. “While the benefits to Queen’s students are obvious, it is heartening to note that the Chinese government sees the program as valuable for its students as well.”
Fifteen Queen’s students currently participating are the fifth contingent to head to Fudan to study and work in the unique program that combines classroom learning and hands-on development work. The work-study placement takes students inside local government and community organizations, working in areas such as environmental awareness, education for children of migrant workers, HIV/AIDS and other health issues.
Queen’s and Fudan have a strong collaborative history. They signed their first Memorandum of Understanding in 2000. Under that MOU, Queen’s and Fudan have developed a range of collaborative academic and research initiatives, including the recent launch of the Fudan-Queen’s Sino-Canadian Centre for Environment and Sustainability Research.