School of Kinesiology Welcomes Exchange Students from Shanghai University of Sport


LSU School of Kinesiology will welcome 20 students and one faculty member from the Shanghai University of Sport (SUS) in Shanghai, China on August 12, 2014. The students will be studying abroad at LSU until December 16, 2014.

The students will enroll in LSU School of Kinesiology and English Language Orientation Program (ELOP) courses through LSU Continuing Education while in the United States. Based on the students’ interests, three certificate courses will be offered: The Culture of Sport in the Deep South, Basic Scientific Concepts and Applications in Kinesiology, and Physical Education Programs and Professions in the U.S.

In addition to this unique opportunity for diversity and engagement between LSU and SUS students and faculty, the exchange program offers something unique this year. In conjunction with the Concepts and Application course, the SOK will host a series of guest scholars. Five SOK doctoral graduates, who are originally from China and are now working at American universities, have agreed to participate in this ground-breaking program.

Xiang Ping, professor at Texas A&M, Weidong Li, associate professor at The Ohio State University, husband and wife Tao Zhang and Xiangli Gu, both assistant professors at the University of North Texas, and Zan Gao, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota will visit LSU on varying dates to present their research to LSU faculty and graduate students and SUS students. These will be followed by social events where each scholar will get to interact with SUS students more personally.

“These alumni, though at varying stages of their careers, have been very successful at universities in the U.S. and we are really excited that they will be able to visit with both our faculty and students as well as our students from SUS,” said Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. Melinda Solmon.

2014 marks the third year that LSU has hosted Chinese students in the fall semester thanks to the efforts of former Director of the School of Kinesiology and Professor Emeritus Dr. Amelia Lee.

“The purpose of the program is to encourage collaboration and promote international understanding and cooperation through quality academic programs with experiential learning opportunities for international students,” said Dr. Lee. “In the past we have had students from Shanghai University of Sport and Beijing Sport University, but this year we have only students from SUS.”

Under Dr. Lee’s guidance, the SOK was previously involved in a program hosting students from China who went from LSU to Disney World for an internship program, but is no longer affiliated with the program. The first group of students for this program arrived in the summer of 2009.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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