NYU Silver Welcomes Prospective Students to Shanghai; Signs MOU for Dual PhD Program

April 7, 2015

On Saturday, March 14, the NYU Silver School of Social Work held its first open house in Shanghai and welcomed applicants and prospective students for its new MSW program at Shanghai and New York. Approximately 25 people attended the day-long event with presentations by faculty and administrators, a tour of the new NYU Shanghai building, and admissions interviews.

The first cohort of students in this new MSW option will start in Shanghai in the fall. Students will be able to study for a year in Shanghai and year in New York and experience an innovative global MSW education with training in culturally appropriate practices. Attendees were welcomed by Professor Wen-Jui Han, co-director of the MSW program at Shanghai and New York, and Scott Fritzen, associate provost of NYU Shanghai.

Lynn Videka, dean of NYU Silver, provided an overview of NYU Silver and the MSW program at Shanghai and New York. She also spoke about the history of social work in the United States, the conditions in the US that led to the development of the profession, and similarities with conditions now in China as social work develops there. NYU Silver staff and faculty members—including Associate Professor Tazuko Shibusawa, program co-director—discussed the MSW curriculum, financial aid and scholarships, field education, and student services.

Attendees also heard from Mengyu Yao, MSW ’13, who spoke about her experience in the School’s New York-based MSW program, including her diverse field placements. Originally from Shanghai, Yao now works in New York as a clinical social worker at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Prospective students then took a tour of the state-of-the-art building and interviewed with faculty members and administrators.

Also while in Shanghai, NYU Silver signed a memo of understanding with the School of Social Development at East China Normal University (ECNU) for a new dual PhD program. The memo was reviewed and signed on March 16 by Videka and Guo Weilu, vice president of ECNU.

Students in the dual PhD program—expected to start in fall 2016—will spend half their time in New York City taking required foundation courses. Students will spend the other half at ECNU in Shanghai for their disciplinary specialization coursework, such as demography, anthropology, and folklore. Each student will have a faculty mentor from NYU and ECNU, and the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai will provide a strong infrastructure for research mentoring. After completing credits required by both universities and defending a dissertation, students will be granted a PhD in social work by NYU and a PhD in judicial science by ECNU.

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