BY NICHOLE SARKIS
Harrington School Undergraduate Staff Writer
The Harrington School is pleased to announce that Hongxia Zhang, a visiting scholar from Zhejiang, China, will be here in New England for six months collaborating with Harrington School faculty on projects related to intercultural communication and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Zhang is currently an Associate Professor at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Zhejiang, China. She received her B.A. in English in 2002 from Hefei University of Technology, China, and in 2011 received her M.A. in English (EFL Teaching) from Kristianstad University, Sweden. Zhang is currently working toward her Doctoral degree in Pedagogic Principles from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Zhang’s research is exciting and diverse, ranging from EFL teaching and learning, principles of global higher education, student development, school reform and academic culture, to cross-cultural understandings of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the internationalization of TCM education.
During a brief introductory interview, Zhang expressed appreciation for the warm reception she is receiving from her colleagues in the Harrington School. She also said that “URI’s department of Communication Studies has a prestigious status in the research field of intercultural communication and has consistent exchanges and collaborations with China’s institutes. I really cherish this golden opportunity to learn from and work with so many prominent professors and scholars, especially Professor Guo-Ming Chen. I’m excited to learn more about American culture and I believe a six-month stay as a visiting scholar will be an impressive and amazing experience in my life.”