Beginning in 2010, Mason ‘s 1+2+1 program expanded to include visiting scholars. The goal of the scholar exchange is to strengthen the 1+2+1 program. In addition to doing their own research, visiting scholars act as a bridge between Mason and their Chinese university, help Mason faculty understand the coursework students take in China, and and strengthen faculty collaboration between the two universities. The program also encourages the exchange scholars to interact with the 1+2+1 students on Mason’s campus to the benefit of both students and scholars. The scholars typically stay at Mason for one semester. The scholars apply to Mason through the Beijing office of CCIEE, which administers the exchange, and they are required to come from one of the academic or administrative departments in their Chinese university involved in sending students to Mason.
A regular program for Mason faculty to spend between one month and one semester at one of Mason’s 1+2+1 partner universities in China will begin in 2013.