The Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway, in collaboration with multiple campus units and the Notre Dame community in China, created the Professional Development and Ethics (PDE) program to support Notre Dame students who are unable to arrive on campus this semester and encourage them to utilize existing resources related to professional development.
The program consists of four themed modules on career preparation, ethics, inclusivity and leadership, soft skills, and learning in practice. Students who complete the first three modules will receive a letter of recognition from Notre Dame International. The participation of the bonus module on “learning in practice” is optional but encouraged. An additional letter from the Beijing Global Gateway verifying program details and attendees’ participation can also be provided on request.
“The PDE program consolidates the resources of many departments at the University and collaborates to strengthen the connection between Notre Dame students overseas and virtual opportunities offered by campus,” said Jingyu Wang, executive director of the Beijing Global Gateway. “Furthermore, business ethics, inclusivity and diversity, and leadership are important topics that Notre Dame students should engage.
"The PDE program will enrich students’ college experience and facilitate their personal growth even though they are away from campus.”
Collaborators on the program include the Mumbai Global Center, the Hong Kong Global Center, multiple teams across Notre Dame International, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the Center for Social Concerns, and the IDEA Center.
“This program is a crucial component of the "Engage ND" Initiative,” says Miranda Ma, senior advisor for Asia. “The initiative was developed to provide comprehensive support to international students who haven't been able to arrive on campus this semester and connect them to campus resources and Notre Dame’s global community. We also see great potential to continue the initiative to benefit international students after they return to campus.”
The PDE program launches on Thursday, September 24. International undergraduate students who have the following status are eligible to participate in the PDE program: Study away locally, deferred, leave of absence, ND explorer, and remote learning.