Ligonier Resident Travels to China with Arcadia University’s Educators’ Preview

Glenside, PA—July 20, 2012—On June 19, Wendy Hager of Ligonier, Pa., was one of eight high school guidance counselors and three teachers who traveled to China as part of Arcadia’s Educators’ Preview in China. The educators were accompanied by two senior staff members from Arcadia University’s Enrollment Management Office. 

Hager, a counselor at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, was chosen from among more than 140 attendees in December 2011 at the Counselor Workshop and Luncheon sponsored by the Offices of Enrollment Management and International Affairs. This nine-day learning experience for educators, planned by the Office of International Affairs, in conjunction with overseas partners in China, mirrored the Arcadia University students’ preview opportunities. 

Educators’ Preview presented opportunities to learn more about Chinese history, culture, society and education through visits to Chinese universities and secondary schools, interactions with faculty, staff and students, and sightseeing tours.

“This was a life altering experience both personally and professionally for me,” says Hager. “I am so grateful to Arcadia University for providing me with this opportunity of a lifetime. The educational exchanges that we participated in with secondary schools and universities were enlightening. Visiting the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Silk Market, Terracotta Warriors and many other sites were amazing. I feel the impact of this trip will continue to challenge me as a lifelong learner and assist me in providing services to my own students.”

Educators’ Preview began in Beijing and from there the group traveled to Xi’an and Qingdao. Educational institutions visited included Beijing Wuzi University, Xi’an International University, Xi’an Foreign Language School and Jiaozhou No. 1 High School.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia’s Physician Assistant students score in the elite 4th percentile on national boards. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (