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White Teaches Packaging Science Course at Inner Mongolia Agriculture University

Feb. 15, 2013 –

Dr. Marshall White, Professor Emeritus of the department of Sustainable Biomaterials, spent most of October 2012 in Hohhot, China teaching a course, Packaging and Global Supply Chain Operations. Hohhot is a city of 2 million people and student enrollment at Inner Mongolia Agriculture University (IMAU) is 30,000, about the size of Virginia Tech. The class included 27 third year students in the College of Materials Science and Art Design. The course was taught in English without translation. Dr. White found the students to be enthusiastic and bright. They understand and write English well. The course included 40 hours of classroom contact hours. To help teach the design principles he was able to use examples of trade between the US and China. This seemed to help the students understand how to use these concepts to solve supply chain operational problems. In the end this was a learning experience for both Dr. White and the students. He enjoyed the interactions with both students and faculty at IMAU. Dr. White feels that one can learn so much more about a foreign culture through experiences such as this, than one could visiting as a tourist or on business. He greatly encourages faculty to take advantage of such opportunities.



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