The Spirit of Teamwork
Faculty Profile: Yungchih “George” WangNov 10, 2013
By Lichao Sun
George Wang, associate professor of economics and academic director of the ICB program in Beijing, achieved multiple academic degrees and gained abundant occupational experiences before beginning his teaching career. As an international scholar, Professor Wang has years of experience teaching international students: from Canada, China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam and also the United States.
Professor Wang shared highlights from his experiences in teaching across diverse cultures; he also explained the significance of communication between teachers and students within a global educational institution.
Tell us something about your background (education experience, your hometown, hobbies and interests).
I was originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I finished most of my education up to my bachelor’s degree; my undergraduate major was in economics. I worked as an investment analyst in a firm, and in 1992 I went to the University of Connecticut for my Master of Business Administration (MBA) and to Boston University for my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). In 1996, I returned to work in the industry, then became a chief financial officer (CFO) in a public-listed manufacturing firm in Taiwan.
In 2001, I decided my practical experience would benefit college students. So I went to Imperial College London, UK, for my doctoral study. In 2004, I received my PhD in Finance and was recognized as one of the honored doctorates in the college. Since then, I have been teaching MBA, Executive MBA, and international students on the subjects of business and finance.
I enjoy teaching, which is not only my job, but also my career and my interest. I consider teaching as a two-way learning process. Being around with students, sharing my knowledge and experience, and learning from my students are very much rewarding as a professor.
How did you decide to teach at the ICB program in Beijing? What did you expect from the experience? And did you gain anything from this experience? Do you think it is helpful for your further research?
Before I accepted the offer to be an associate professor and academic director at the ICB program, I served as director of international affairs and director of continuing education in my previous university. With my past experience in industry and administration, I was sure I could infuse new ideas into the ICB program and make the program prosper.
The ICB program is a unique program that provides American education to Chinese students with an integration of east and west perspectives. That is the idea of globalization, which is the main reason why I like to work at this program. I am sure this program will also be a rewarding experience. Another advantage of this program is that it allows me to get to know many distinguished professors at the University of Colorado Denver, International College Beijing, and China Agricultural University. With their brilliant inputs, I believe this unique advantage will be beneficial to my future research.
How do you improve the communication with students in an unfamiliar country? How has teaching at ICB influenced your further teaching style and your teaching philosophy?
In my years of experience as a professor, I found that there are differences between American and Chinese students. Maybe that is because of cultural differences. American students are normally not afraid to contribute their ideas to class discussions. In contrast, Chinese students are often shy at first; but once they get comfortable with the classroom environment, they are willing to share their viewpoints.
Communication is always important no matter where it is taking place. Since the ICB program is unique in its cultures and diversities, the communication between teachers and students is particularly important. This kind of communication greatly improves teaching effectiveness.
I have years of experience teaching students from the U.S., and students from Canada, China, India, Taiwan, and Vietnam. I understand that communicating with a diversity of students can improve teaching effectiveness as I adjust my teaching style. The feedback from students also becomes an interesting part of my lectures.
What one thing do you want your students to take away from their educational experience?
I know that students may not remember all the knowledge that they learn in class; but I always tell my students that there is one thing they must take with them after graduation. The important thing is the spirit of teamwork. If one would know how to work with others to achieve the goal of a team, he/she will be more likely succeed in most workplaces.
教授采访: 乔治 王
乔治 王是ICB合作项目北京处的学术教务主任以及经济学的副教授。在开始授课之前，他曾在多个国际名校获得学位，并且有着丰富的职场经验。作为一名国际学者，王教授有着数年的教导国际学生的经验，他的学生分布从美国，加拿大，中国，日本，印度，台湾，到越南。 在与本报的采访中，王教授与我们分享了他数年在不同国家和文化背景下的教学经验， 向我们阐明了在国际教育机构下，教师和学生间沟通的重要性。
ICB是一个独特的教育合作项目，它向中国学生提供了美式的教育机会，并且将东西方文化有效地融合在了一起。这就是国际化的含义，也是为什么我愿意来这里工作。我相信这个项目可以给我带来很多有益的经验。并且，我从这份工作中认识了许多优秀的UCD, ICB, CAU 教职工。我相信他们的智慧和经验会给我将来的研究带来更多的灵感。