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PHOTO: Professor Aparna Nayak and CSULB Spring Study Abroad students in Strasbourg, France

CSULB University Honors instructor and Professor of French Literature, Professor Aparna Nayak, led 13 students from various majors on a Spring Study Abroad trip to Paris, Brussels and Strasbourg this past March. Nayak’s capstone seminar course was intended to broaden and deepen students' perspectives on contemporary European society through the seven-day international trip. Students conducted multiple interviews and held discussions with organizations including the EU Commission, the EU Committee of the Regions, the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organizations (UNPO), Utopia 56, European Parliament, and the Council of Europe.

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PHOTO: CSULB Criminal Justice students in safety suits with BCIT instructors and Canadian Royal Mounted Police in Vancouver

Last summer in Vancouver, during their first day of class, CSULB students came upon a crime scene. It involved a helicopter crash, a white powder, a cell phone, body parts, and other grisly evidence.
 
The scenes were fake, but the news was real: eight students from the Criminal Justice department were on a Short-Term Study Abroad trip focused on Comparative Forensic Sciences. The scenario had been expertly staged for educational purposes by CSULB’s partner university, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which provided students with hands-on experience in classifying evidence, documenting clues, preparing items for lab exams, and eventually, solving crimes.
 
In the following days, course lectures focused on subjects related to the crime scene, including forensic toxicology, fingerprinting, drug and firearm analysis, DNA testing, GPS data, and more. The group also visited six Canadian criminal justice agencies and universities to observe their practices. Each lecture helped students to eventually solve the crime in question at the end of their two-week trip.
 
“I strongly believe the comparative perspectives and experiences of forensic science will enhance our students in finding jobs, continuing graduate studies, and pursuing oversea careers,” said Zheng Wang, CSULB’s Comparative Forensic Sciences instructor.
 
The final day of class featured a mock trial, with students given roles of group leader, DNA expert, and witness. Students also provided forensic evidence in court against real Canadian attorneys.
 
“Being able to see, touch, and hear everything that goes on in the field instead of reading or hearing it during a lecture was such a valuable lesson for me,” said CSULB student Stephanie Tran. “This study abroad trip pushed me to be sure that this was what I wanted to do as my career for the rest of my life.”

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PHOTO (L-R): CCPE Program Developer Hitoshi Furuya, CSULB Study Abroad students, and CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee at Sendai University
​Japan’s Sendai University, which specializes in kinesiology and physical education, celebrated its 50th Anniversary last fall with a week-long series of events. Located northeast of Tokyo, Sendai has enjoyed a longstanding student exchange partnership with CSULB’s Center for International Education (CIE), and invited representatives from CSULB among 19 educational institutions from 13 countries. Representatives from Long Beach included CCPE Dean Dr. Jeet Joshee and CCPE Program Developer Hitoshi Furuya, along with five CSULB students and recent graduates who had participated in study abroad programs at Sendai.

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PHOTO: The traditional art of paper-cutting was a highlight of activities at the Chinese Culture Festival kick-off event

In cooperation with the Confucius Institute on campus, CSULB hosted the annual Chinese Culture Festival from September 25-28, 2017.

The free series of events focused on traditional Chinese art and music, with the aim of improving understanding between China and the U.S. through a variety of cultural and artistic exchanges.

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PHOTO: The traditional Chinese stringed instrument guzheng is introduced before a performance


The events kicked off on the lawn in front of the university's bookstore, featuring performances of traditional Chinese instruments such as the hulusi and the guzheng, followed by an opening ceremony dinner that evening.

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PHOTO: Examples of Chinese calligraphy were demonstrated and given to attendees of the festival

Throughout the week, the USU Ballroom was filled with exhibitions on traditional Chinese art and calligraphy, music workshops, and lectures on fashion trends, traditional medicine, social media, and international trade policies.

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msgisci_banner_v2_600.jpgGeospatial sciences, remote sensing, and cartographic visualization may sound like esoteric terms, but they have an everyday impact on anyone who’s ever used Google Maps.

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(L-R) Juliet Hidalgo, CSULB Senior Communications Strategist; Dr. Brian Jersky, CSULB Provost and Senior VP; and Ho-Sung Chang, President of Dankook University


CSULB Senior Vice President and Provost Brian Jersky and Senior Communications Strategist Juliet Hidalgo visited South Korea to celebrate Dankook University’s 70th Anniversary in November 2017. The celebration honored guests, alumni, and faculty from the top-tier university, which is a key partner of CSULB’s Study Abroad student exchange programs in Asia.

 

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