HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss officials met today with delegates from China's Lin Yi University to discuss organizing a student exchange program. The schools are hoping to swap students with focuses in language, computer science, mathematics, journalism and education.
The students would travel across the globe - Shandong province in Eastern China to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and vice versa.
The two schools have participated in a faculty exchange since 2009. Through the program, staff traveled to teach courses and pursue studies at the opposite university.
The program is intended to allow students to experience another culture and broaden their perspective. "Given Chinese growth and the growth of the economy and it's presence in the world today, it's very important that students from Southern Miss and faculty members from Southern Miss get a much larger exposure to Chinese culture and how things work in China," said Chris Campbell, the director of USM's school of mass communication and journalism, who traveled to Lin Yi as part of the faculty exchange program.
Development of the student exchange program is still in the early stages and the number of students and the launch of the program are yet to be determined.