October 17th, 2016--Professor Patrick James, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, visited CCS and discussed the exchange of talent between USC and GDUFS with the director of CCS, Professor Tang Xiaosong. All the CCS staff and some prospective students attended in the discussion.
Professor James talks with CCS
Professor James appreciated the work of CCS in cultivating postgraduates and widening and deepening China’s understanding on Canada concerning politics, economy and culture. He introduced the POIR program in the USC, which mainly focuses on the Mexico and Latin American studies and the African studies. Some practical exchanging modes are also proposed by Professor Patrick James, such as short-term and reciprocal exchanging programs. The exchanging program can be proceeded with sending prospective students who are interested in or had academic achievements in the strength areas of mutual parties. Meanwhile, Professor James concluded their considerations of admittance of prospective PhDs are the capability of the PhD student to get a PhD degree after minimum 5 year’s study and whether will they take an academic profession after graduation. Short-term fellowship will be granted to students to conduct their research in a third country or region. PhD student will be trained from qualification tests to academic dissertation to publish services in terms of future employment in US universities. And one of the obvious advantages of their program is the placement. Professor James showed great interest in the potential exchanging programs of PhDs and tutors. With the opening of the North America PhD program next year, reciprocal exchange of talents will be undertaken after full and comprehensive consideration.