communication. Over the past three years, there have been more than 10 exchanges between the School, Leipzig University and Ohio University. The success of the Global Triangle has enabled the three universities to continue to engage in collaboration on an international level, exploring new areas in academic and professional fields.
In order to equip students with the ability to contribute to solving global challenges, since 2015, the School of Communication has established a solid “triangular relationship” with two world renowned universities, Leipzig University in Germany and Ohio University in the United States, both of which are leaders in the field of communication. Over the past three years, there have been more than 10 exchanges between the School, Leipzig University and Ohio University. The success of the Global Triangle has enabled the three universities to continue to engage in collaboration on an international level, exploring new areas in academic and professional fields.
- Germany - Leipzig University
- United States - Ohio University
- Hong Kong - Hong Kong Baptist University
Leipzig University is one of the oldest tertiary education institutions in Europe and reputed for its strategic communication, while Ohio University, well-known for its journalism programme, also has over 200 years of history. Geographically, we are three points on the map forming a triangle that spans Asia, Europe and the US, helping to foster stronger international exchanges.
Since 2015, the School has organised study trips for more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students to Leipzig University and Ohio University. During one of the one-week exchanges at Ohio University, students of HKBU and Leipzig University were allowed to attend any lecture offered to communication students of Ohio University. Students had a chance to stay with their host families for the entirety of the trip to experience the local culture. Cultural activities included visiting an Amish Market and a rehearsal of the Marching Band of Ohio University, which ranks one of the best in the country, as well as attending an African-Indian dinner in one of the professors’ homes. This kind of global experience enables our students to gain first-hand experience and a multi-dimensional understanding of the life, studies and culture of a different country.
In return, the School has received students from Leipzig University and Ohio University. Up until this year, HKBU has hosted participants from Leipzig University and Ohio University for five times already. The Future Science Leaders Research Workshop was organised through the collaboration of the Centre for Media and Communication Research in the School of Communication with Leipzig University, Ohio University and Zhejiang University in November 2015.
The three-day conference aimed at providing a platform for exchange among academics, educators and advanced doctoral students on the latest development paths of research practice. It also offered the participants opportunities to discuss the future four-way collaboration on a variety of academically and socially enriching activities, such as symposiums, research projects and study tours.
Since 2015, the Triangle Capstone Class has been a joint initiative by the School, the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, Leipzig University and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University to expand both academic and professional education among a selected group of undergraduate and graduate students from the United States, Europe, and Asia. It is hosted by all three universities.
The Capstone Class comprises a series of seminar sessions conducted by professors from all three institutions, which includes lectures on social media analysis, strategic online communication, international journalism, and branding and advertising, which provide insights into recent international research as well as applied case study exercises. Such international collaboration has helped broaden participants’ horizons, and also built their global knowledge and cultural competency.
It is the hopes of the School to expand from the Global Triangle to create more such triangular relationships with top universities in other regions, so that more students and faculty will be able to benefit and gain insights from these international collaborations at various levels.
Click here to learn more about students’ exchange experience at Ohio University in 2018.