Colleen Wilcox | August 21, 2019
Notre Dame International, in collaboration with the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, launched a new initiative in Asia on Wednesday, July 17. “Encounter ND” is a series of events and lectures meant to engage the Notre Dame community in Asia, reach out to University partners, and welcome incoming students through a series of pre-departure orientation sessions and international Hesburgh Lectures.
While the events are designed to welcome and prepare incoming students and parents to Notre Dame, it was also meant to strengthen the University’s presence in Asia through the established Global Gateways and Centers.
“We believe these partnerships advance the interests of all of our units in the region, and provides an incredible opportunity for stakeholders on campus to partner with our Notre Dame clubs and Global Gateways and Centers to strengthen the impact of the University in Asia,” says Miranda Ma, advisor for Asia program at Notre Dame International.
The pre-departure orientation and Hesburgh Lecture tour involved several faculty and staff from Notre Dame and spanned across three different cities in Asia. The first stop in Beijing, China, welcomed more than 50 members of the Notre Dame community and included an orientation, a Hesburgh Lecture from Yiyu Shi, and a private dinner. A similar event was also hosted in Shanghai and welcomed 80 people from the Notre Dame community. The final event was hosted in Mumbai, India, with three separate orientations and a Hesburgh Lecture from Susan Ostermann. A farewell dinner was attended by incoming students and parents, current students, and Notre Dame alum.
“It was such a wonderful experience to be surrounded by the Notre Dame community in Asia and prepare the incoming students and families as they begin their Notre Dame journey,” says Ma.
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