WMU International Forum in Chinese

COVID-19 has changed and is changing our life greatly. The situation we are facing is much more serious than any of us could have imagined. However, many of us are also working hard to explore more opportunities for our university.

In order to strengthen the relationship between Western Michigan University (WMU) and its international partners in Chinese-speaking countries and regions, and to enhance the relationship and connection between WMU and its alumni and visiting scholars from Chinese-speaking countries and regions, Dr. Ming Li and Dr. Ying Zeng initiated the WMU International Forum in Chinese.  

The online registration is free to the public. 

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July 11, 2020

Keeping your dream alive: Pursuing a U.S. degree during and after the pandemic

Moderator: Dr. Ying Zeng, Director of Asian Initiatives, Haenicke Institute for Global Education


  • Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Associate Provost, Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Lee Ryder, Director of Immigration Compliance, Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Dr. Wenling Lu, Assistant Professor, Finance and Commercial Law, Haworth College of Business
  • Xin Li, Ph. D. student, College of Education and Human Development


July 17, 2020

From International Student to No. 1 Financial Advisor in the U.S.

Charles Zhang, WMU Alumnus, Founder and CEO of Zhang Finance


August 8, 2020

Collaboration Transcending Borders in Research and Publications

Dr. Wei-Chiao Huang, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


PAST International Forum in Chinese sessions

June 20, 2020

Status, Challenges and Trends of International Collaboration in Kinesiology

Presenter: Dr. Yuanlong Liu, Professor,  Human Performance and Health Education 

Today's higher education faces lots challenges and difficulties such as enrollment decline, funding cut, and teaching learning environment change. International collaboration be be part of the solution to create a win win solution for all the countries in the world. This seminar is to review the status of the international collaboration of Kinesiology in last 40 years and discusses the current status, challenges, and Trends of International Higher Education Collaboration in Kinesiology. A feasible solution of the international collaboration in Kinesiology will be discussed.

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May 30, 2020

How to Serve as a Dean in an American Institution

Presenter: Dr. Ming Li, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

1. Deans Roles and Basic Responsibilities
2. Deans Daily Activities
3. Deans Training and Selection
4. The Challenges Deans Face and Lessons Learned
5. Introduction to the College of Education and Human Development at WMU

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May 16, 2020

Theory of Bifurcated Educational System and Its Implications for School Improvement

Presenter: Dr. Jianping Shen, Professor, College of Educational Leadership, and Evaluation, Measurement and Research

Educational reforms fail again and again. One reason for the failure is that educational reform stops just outside the classroom door. During the last 25 years, the dominant educational reform initiatives in the US have operated under the misguided conventional wisdom that the educational system is loosely coupled. With this model in mind, decades of educational reform efforts have focused on tightening the system. Based on empirical results we argue that the educational system is neither loosely or tightly coupled, but bifurcated in that (to borrow a metaphor from geoscience) it is comprised of two tectonic plates. The first plate consists of the state, district and school levels, and the second is the classroom, with a fault line between them. The theory of bifurcated system not only explains why past educational changes have stopped at the classroom door, but also raises the key question of how to bridge the fault line. We propose two principles for school improvement in the bifurcated context. The first principle is to integrate principal and teacher leadership, effectively bridging the fault line in both directions. The second principle is the school renewal process, helping transform the classroom practice by emphasizing implementation integrity rather than fidelity.