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Susan Berg Gladstone, an adjunct lecturer at FIU's Biscayne Bay campus is currently teaching a class on special event management at the Florida International University Tianjin Center. The school is a partnership between FIU and the Chinese government that includes a 20 story dorm and a modern lab and classroom complex .
Yesterday Susan wrote a blog for the website of the PBS program Nightly Business Review [click] noting lifestyle differences between her students in Miami and China.
Basically, in Tianjin students go to school six days a week, study on the seventh, all live in a dorm with boy girl alternating floors, eat only in the school cafeteria, barely ever leave campus, and yes, walk to a communal showerhouse for cold style bathing every 48 hours. According to Susan, nobody complains, and it's considered an honor to be there.
The program is called the Marriott Tianjin China Program, and Short Order applauds its scope and reach, but it seems like between a hotel giant, a lauded university, and the support of the government of a burgeoning global superpower they could have come up with more hospitable living arrangements for their future pros.