Two Cape Breton University (CBU) business professors are off to China this week to teach CBU courses at Henan Agricultural University (HAU). Dr. Robert Campbell, an Associate Professor of Management, and Derrick Hayes, an Associate Professor of Accounting, will spend three weeks at HAU delivering courses in Accounting and Organizational Behaviour. Campbell and Hayes are the first CBU faculty to teach official CBU courses in China.
“We want to offer our faculty international experiences just as we do for our students,” says Dr. Keith Brown, Vice-President International and Aboriginal Affairs. “We have been encouraging faculty to participate in our international teaching opportunities for quite some time, so I am very pleased to see this happen. I fully expect that this experience will enhance the learning environment at CBU and hopefully attract other faculty to engage in international teaching.”
Nearly 30 per cent of the CBU student body is composed of international students. Both Hayes and Campbell expect this experience will add to the classroom experience they deliver at CBU. “When international students come to CBU, they are plunged into our environment and it is often difficult to understand what challenges they are facing in adjusting to the University and life in Cape Breton. By teaching in another country, we are putting ourselves in a similar situation, thereby gaining a much better appreciation of what they go through,” says Campbell.
In addition to providing insight into academic activities, this experience will also provide Hayes and Campbell with local information regarding food, transportation, crowds, weather and environmental conditions that will help facilitate personal interaction with international students at CBU. “Gaining international teaching experience will help us better support our students by understanding their learning processes and cultural needs,” says Hayes.
The opportunity to teach in China is a result of an articulation agreement between CBU and HAU. Hayes and Campbell will be in China from June 5-21.