Steinhardt and East China Normal University Forge Partnership Devoted to Language Education
Addressing the huge demand in the United States for more teachers of Mandarin Chinese, the Steinhardt School recently began a working relationship with East China Normal University (ECNU)—the NYU partner school in Shanghai. The agreement allows up to 10 Chinese graduate students per year to study foreign language education at NYU. This past June, Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck and Frank Tang, clinical professor of foreign language education, traveled to Shanghai to formally execute the commitment between the two schools.
Four graduates of ECNU are beginning their graduate studies at NYU this semester. Upon completion of three semesters of study, the students will be prepared to teach in public and private schools in New York State. Steinhardt and the Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education will offer tuition assistance for the students. This is an important incentive for students who often cannot afford to attend American graduate schools. In China, students in teacher education programs attend without paying tuition.
“This partnership affirms NYU’s position as a truly global university,” said Brabeck. “And it is a great fit for Steinhardt. Teaching is a profession that enjoys great esteem in China, and ECNU and Steinhardt are committed to sharing the highest academic standards.”
The partnership also fits with the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Partnership for Teacher Excellence program with NYU and CUNY to attract qualified teachers in high-need areas, said Brabeck. The DOE recruits new teachers from around the world, but often the transition to New York City schools is jarring. Foreign teachers often experience culture shock when beginning to work in New York City schools.
“With this new Steinhardt model, the Chinese students will be immersed in the culture of New York City schools even before they begin teaching,” said Brabeck.