150+ Individuals Sign Letter Urging UD to Keep Academic Programs at the China Institute

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Dear Dr. Paul H. Benson (Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs),

As former participants of the UD China Institute (UDCI), we are extremely disappointed by the university’s decision to end academic programs at the institute after the upcoming semester.

Even more so, we are angered that, as far as we know, none of us – students who attended the China Institute – were consulted during the decision-making process about the discontinuation of academic programs at the center. This is compounded by the fact that most of us first heard about the closure from a local news article.

It is not an exaggeration when we write that attending the UD China Institute was life-changing for all of us. By participating in a semester-long or weeks-long program, we, American students, built relationships with our Chinese counterparts. At a time when our respective governments are experiencing increased political and economic tensions, it’s inspiring to know that young people can maintain global friendships.

By ceasing academic programs at the China Institute, UD is removing itself from countless opportunities based in Suzhou (where UDCI is located), which the BBC called a “city of the future.”

We understand the concerns about recruiting faculty to teach at UDCI, persuading students to study abroad in China and allocating university resources to other important initiatives. However, there has been record-breaking enrollment for the China Institute this year. Moreover, reducing the university’s premier international center conflicts with UD’s recent widely-publicized commitment to promote diversity and inclusivity.

While many other study abroad options exist at UD, the China Institute was more financially-accessible. Unlike other programs that charge significant fees, UDCI cost the same as a student’s semester tuition and came with a scholarship that paid for additional educational trips and excursions.

We are asking you to reconsider your decision or, at the very least, be willing to discuss with some of us about what the China Institute can offer in the future.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sean Newhouse

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Zack Kier

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Sarah Smith

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Jake Jones

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Zach Gerlach

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Henry Gonzales

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Emily McAleese

UDCI Summer 2017

 

Meg Maloney

UDCI Summer 2017

 

Maddi Norman

UDCI Summer 2017

 

Meghan Sooker

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Mike Sundermeier

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Nick West

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Emily Battaglia

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Amanda Soanes

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Helen Jingshu

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Nate Borries

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Juli Kokenge

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Connor Boyle

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Nathaniel Neading

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Adam Suddarth

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Tara Hoffmann

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Max Hawthorne

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Isabel Cross

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Abby Diemer

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Hannah Erny

UDCI Fall 2017

 

Maria Diaz

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Grant Karda

UDCI Spring 2016

 

Ryan Serbin

UDCI Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

 

Fabiola Peniza

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Sam Tian

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Alan Chan

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Gavin Wolking

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Xuanhen Wang

UDCI Spring 2016 

 

Chen JunTong

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Tianze Zhang (Luna)

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Yufen Liu (Sophie)

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Minh Hoang

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Matt Foote

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Victoria McBride

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Cara Rasmussen

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Aaron Evans

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Doug Greene

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Matt Finn

UDCI Spring 2018

 

Jeremy Hill

UDCI Spring 2016

 

Haitao Ren

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Jennifer Welch

UDCI Spring 2017 & Summer 2018

 

Emma Flanagan

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Christopher McDonald

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Emily McDonald

UDCI Summer 2013

 

Rachael Harmon

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Yuxiao Zhu

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Jordan Miller

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Gianna Pieroni

UDCI Summer 2018

 

Tanner Marklay

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Bridget Dever

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Sydney Li

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Sadie Palmer-Wilcox

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Lorenzo Kahan

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Charles Lyon

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Ruoyun (Silver) Sheng

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Zhaoze Zhang

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Bowen Zhao

UDCI AY 2017-2018

 

Siobhan Fitzgerald

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Alexander Wanandi

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Kaelin Kelly

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Eric Clancy

UDCI Spring 2017

 

Pricila Olivas

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Greg Molskow

UDCI Fall 2018

 

Christian Cubacub

UDCI Winter 2018-19

 

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