Saturday, May 28: Attendees arrived by bus on the campus of Xi'an International University (XAIU) at 8 a.m. The Conference began with welcoming remarks by XAIU officials and conference sponsors, followed by a group photo. Next, the first Plenary Session began. Presentation topics focused on strategies for improving and expanding private higher education in China. In his presentation, Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, explored environmental conduciveness for private higher education institutions and examined the growing importance of higher education, the increasing privatization of higher education and the implications of globalization. He called for the establishment of a Global Association of Private Universities and the formation of an International Center for the study of private higher education. Lastly, he recommended the annual continuation of this conference.
After lunch, presentations focused on the state of private education in individual countries with speakers from the United States, France, Romania, China, Hong Kong,Singapore and Russia. Dr. Nicolette D. Christensen, Vice President for The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, discussed The College of Global Studies’ model and explored ways that higher education institutions, especially private institutions that may be resource-challenge, can expand global education opportunities to their students.
In total, 16 presentations were given--several with more that one speaker. The day ended at 7:15 with a dinner at the hotel. View slideshow.