Advancing Professional Programs Around the World

Pacific administrators, faculty and students have been busy this past summer expanding Pacific’s influence as a leader in professional education around the globe.

McGeorge students and professors used practical simulations in a training program for Chilean public defenders this summer. Here, McGeorge professors Emily Garcia Uhrig and Cary Bricker and law student Charlie Young ’13 (upper left) observe two Chilean defenders engaged in a simulated exercise where McGeorge student Meghan Clair ’13 plays the client.

Sep 20, 2012
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Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Gladys L. Benerd School of Education recently reported on activities and advancements in professional collaborations with other countries this summer. From South America to the Middle East to Eurasia, these programs are broadening Pacific's reach and impact in the world.

Law Training in Chile

In July and August, a contingent of Pacific McGeorge faculty members and students from the law school's Federal Defender Clinic conducted a two-week training program for Chilean public defenders in Santiago, Chile. Charlie Young '13, Meghan Clair '13 and Matt Fleming '11 joined Professors Emily Garcia Uhrig, Raquel Aldana, Cary Bricker and Luis Mogollon in a program that focused on interviewing, counseling and engaging in plea-bargaining. In advance of the trip, they constructed a skills-based syllabus and developed materials that included various simulations and exercises used in the law school's clinical courses.

The government of Chile first called on Pacific McGeorge for its training assistance in early 2004 when eight prosecutors and 11 public defenders came to Sacramento for a four-week program directed by Professor Jay Leach. Pacific McGeorge, a recognized leader in experiential legal training, also recently completed a five-year, multi-million dollar, USAID-funded program working with hundreds of legal educators in China.

Advancing Global Oral Health Education

Dr. Nader Nadershahi visited the Hacetteppe University in Turkey to explore options for future collaborations with the dental school

The University has cultivated a number of other professional programs in China.  Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has recently completed the first phase of its exchange program launched early this year with Peking University School of Stomatology and Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology.

Six dental school students spent several weeks this summer visiting both schools, attending lectures, observing a variety of dental procedures and case presentations and interacting with students and faculty members. A group of Chinese dental students will visit the school later this fall or early next year to participate in similar activities at the dental school and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In August, Dean Patrick Ferrillo Jr., Executive Associate Dean Nader Nadershahi and University Regent Gary Mitchell visited the School and Hospital of Stomatology at Wenzhou Medical College to discuss further expansion the schools' collaborative programs.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry also maintains relationships with dental schools in several other countries, including Kuwait, Egypt, India and South America. Recently, Dr. Nadershahi made a trip to Hacetteppe University in Turkey to discuss trends in dental education and dentistry, and to set the groundwork for future collaborations and exchanges for faculty and students in that country.

Training Chinese Educators

Graduates in China celebrate with the traditional tossing of the mortar board.

This summer, Assistant Dean Michael Elium helped coordinate the graduation of the third cohort in the school's Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction program in Shanghai. The 14-month graduate program launched in 2009 in partnership with the China Center for International Educational Exchange. Pacific faculty members teach classes in China each summer, which are delivered in English. In July, an additional cohort began coursework at the Qingpu district teacher training institute.  The program has been granted accreditation by WASC.

Another group of students arrived on campus this August to complete degree requirements for a Master of Education program launched by the school of education in 2011 in collaboration with Shanghai Normal University and Tianhua College. Students complete coursework in Shanghai and in Stockton, all taught by Pacific school of education faculty. They will study on Pacific's Stockton campus for a minimum of one year to complete their degrees. The School of Education also offers a Doctor of Education program through this same partnership that launched in 2010. A group of 15 students currently studying on campus are the first doctoral students to begin the Stockton portion of their program.


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