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Program Gives Chinese Students Lessons On American Justice

Aug. 24, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Beth Kuhles, College of Criminal Justice publications officer

Students from Zhejiang Police College who will be spending their junior years learning about America's criminal justice system include: (front row, from left) Jun (Charles) Wu, Xianyuan (Kevin) Wang, Dingnai (Cedric) Gong, Shuye (Alan) Xie, teacher Qiuming (Ming) Yu, Zhanhong (Chris) Guo, Qiao (John) Xiang, Zhuangdan (Ben) Xia, and Haibo (Samuel) Zhang, as well as (back row, from left) Xue (Sherry) Zhang, Tong (Nydia) Ni, Yingyu (Peggy) Le, Mengmeng (Jane) Chen, Kexin (Cathy) Liu, Shu (Grace) Cang, Minming (Jessica) Chen and Qing (Mia) Lin.

Hangzhou, China, and Huntsville, Texas, may be a world apart, but the two cities share a common goal at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice in training new police officers.

For the second year in a row, a delegation of students from Zhejiang Police College will spend their junior year at SHSU learning about the criminal justice field as part of the International Police Cooperation Corps. It is part of an ongoing exchange program of faculty and students from the two colleges that is entering its third year.

“We can learn the advantages here and bring it back to China to see what works best,” said student Dingnai (Cedric) Gong.

Under the program, three faculty from the College of Criminal Justice travel to China every semester to teach the non-credit equivalent of Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Criminology. The course is offered in three, two-week segments and provides the students with experience with American-style lecture courses taught in English. During the second year of the program, 16 Chinese students have been selected to spend their junior year at the Sam Houston State University.

Chinese students select from the full course offerings in the criminal justice program and take advantage of the many programs offered at the university.

“The Writing and Reading Centers will be a big help,” said Kexin (Cathy) Liu. “We may not know how to write the essays for class.”

In China, the police serve the public through community precincts and provide a more service- oriented approach with their population, Chinese students said. By studying in the United States, the Chinese students can compare different systems and bring the best crime-fighting tools back to their country to best serve their people.

Students at SHSU and Zhejiang Police College got to know each other over the summer through the second study aboard program held by the College of Criminal Justice in China in May. Sam Houston students visited Hangzhou and Shanghai during the two-week program.

“I feel like our students made friends with them,” said Ling Ren, assistant professor in the College of Criminal Justice and the sponsor of the class of nine students. “Our students are already calling to get their phone numbers and e-mails.”

There also has been an exchange of faculty between SHSU and Zhejiang Police College and several faculty members, including Vincent Webb, dean and director of the Criminal Justice Center, and criminal justice professor Jihong (Solomon) Zhao and Ren already have visited China.

This semester Quiming Yu will be come from China to supervise students from Zhejiang Police College and SHSU criminal justice professors Phillip Lyons, Jim Dozier and Travis Franklin will go to China. In the spring, Kate Fox, Vesna Markovic and Jurg Gerber also will teach at Zhejiang Police College.

Gerber also is negotiating a dual degree program for undergraduate students, where students can get their Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from both SHSU and Zhejiang Police College by studying two years in each location.

Webb, Wells, and Gerber have published articles in The Journal of Zhejiang Police College. In addition, planning is underway to exchange a professional police delegation from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute and Zejiang Police College. In December, a Chinese police delegation is expected to visit LEMIT, while Texas is slated to send its representatives to China in May.

Zhejiang Police College, the highest learning institute for police education and training at the provisional level, is located in Hangzhou City. Students there can participate in a four-year undergraduate program as well as two- and three-year technical programs. Course offerings include computer science and technology, law science and traffic management.

The police college offers multi-purpose classes, including police tactics training as well as title and rank promotion classes. The college is equipped with sophisticated and multi-function and media classrooms, a conference hall, a library and reading rooms as well as basic and specialized labs for DNA testing, scanning electronic mirrors, and trace detection. It also has a standard athletic and ball fields as well as facilities for driving training, police tactics training, and live and mimic pistol ranges.

The students participating in the exchange program are: Shu Cang, Meng Meng Chen, Minming C hen, Dingnai Gong, Zhanhong Guo, Yingyu Le, Qing Lin, Kexin Liu, Tong Ni, Xianyuan Wang, Jun Wu, Zhuangdan Xia, Qiao Xiang, Shuye Xie, Haibo Zhang and Xue Zhang.



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