Stevens' online learning expert to speak in Beijing

09/01/05

Ubell to share Stevens' China experience at World Bank conference

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Robert Ubell, Dean of Stevens Institute of Technology's School of Professional Education, will speak at a global conference on China's Public-Private Partnership in education in Beijing, Nov. 1. The two-day meeting, sponsored by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation and China's Ministry of Finance, covers life-long learning and higher education. Ubell will speak on Stevens' successful partnership in China delivering education to Chinese graduate students. Other speakers are top officials from the Chinese Ministries of Finance and Education and the International Finance Corporation as well educators from Mexico, Vietnam, and Canada.

Ubell, founder of Stevens' award-winning WebCampus online learning unit, will report on "International Investment in Chinese Higher Education," based on Stevens' experience at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) where 21 students graduated from Stevens' Telecommunications Management graduate program this year.

Following this successful alliance, which involved both face-to-face and web-based instruction, Stevens is expanding its presence in Chinese graduate education, working with BIT and several other key universities across China. The success of Stevens' program in Beijing was reported in the June 2005 issue of IEEE Spectrum.

"We are pleased that Mr. Ubell will provide insights into Stevens' experience delivering high-quality graduate education to China," said Ronald Perkinson, Principal Education Specialist, International Finance Corporation. "Stevens has shown tremendous pioneering spirit and creativity in bridging the cultures through its use of technology-based curricula, reaching out to a vast new audience eager to master the very latest in professional expertise."

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