Focus on Dartmouth in China

Dartmouth Coollege, located in Honover, Hew Hampshire and set up in year 1769, is the 9th oldest college in America, and is a member of the Ivy League. At the very beginning, it was set up to train white young people and the young people in the Indian tribes, and it only accepted boys for the first 2 centuries. It began to accept girls in year 1972, the latest among the Ivy League. However, its education for boys is still among the best in America. In current America where there is ‘boy crisis’, two thirds of the students at Dartmouth are boys.

In the US News & World Report in year 2012, its undergraduate education ranked the 11th in America. Now, it has about 6,000 students, and 1,500 of them are graduates. Students come from the 50 states of America, and over 100 countries in the world. Asians account for 10% of all students, while blacks account for 7%, Spanish account for 5% and whites account for 75%.

Dartmouth adapts a system called ‘the plan of Dartmouth’. A school year is divided into four sessions, and students are free to choose which 3 sessions they want to attend. This makes it very convenient for students to arrange their time. They can go internships, or go abroad to learn.

The education method and resource at Dartmouth are all first class. It has 19 schools, over 10 subjects and projects, and over 1,600 courses. Its school of engineering, school of business, med school and school of arts & sciences all have world famous graduate majors. Also, the school encourages its students to work as the TAs or RAs of the professors to increase their experience in research. And, the college provides over 40 research programs in over 20 countries, and encourages students to go abroad for further study. According to some statistics, 40% students have their independent research programs, and 55% students have experience in studying abroad. After graduation, some students of Dartmouth are engaged in the consulting business.

Among the graduates of Dartmouth, there are many famous people. They include: the famous politician, Daniel Webster, a previous vice president of America, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, the 75th Secretary of the Treasury, Geithne, the former CEO of General Electric, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Chinese famous people like Zeng Zimo(曾子墨) and Zhang Lichen(张力宸).

Having a name of being ‘conservative’, Dartmouth did not have much communication with Chinese universities for the past several decades, but in recent years, it is turning its attention to China. It has been cooperating with Beijing Normal University(北京师范大学) in Chinese teaching. Also, it is trying to cooperate with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications(北京邮电大学), Wuhan University(武汉大学), Tsinghua University(清华大学) and China University of Geosciences(中国地质大学).

Edited by Amy Wang from Daxue Consultant China

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