Belmont alumna Tara Clance (’13) has been chosen by the Chinese Embassy as the recipient of the Chinese Government Scholarship to Fudan University in Shanghai where she will be pursuing her master’s in Chinese politics and diplomacy. Fudan is one of the oldest and most selective universities in China and is ranked No. 2 in the top universities in the nation. The scholarship will pay for Clance’s two-year program in full.
“I ended up receiving the Gilman Scholarship in the exact amount that I needed in order to go on Belmont’s 2012 Rise of the Red Dragon study abroad trip to China. It is on that trip that I fell in love with China’s culture and knew that I wanted to go back,” Clance said.
Dr. Mimi Barnard, assistant provost of interdisciplinary studies and global education, accompanied Clance on the Rise of the Red Dragon program, led by Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, director of Asian studies. “It was a joy to participate alongside students and faculty in China. Now, more than ever, it’s important for students to have an understanding of our global community–Tara will be highly prepared for a leadership role that leverages her education, languages and experience,” said Barnard.
Belmont’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education houses the Asian Studies program, which provides an opportunity for those students with special interests in Asia to prepare themselves for a wide range of careers and callings. With many different courses and experiences available, students are able to focus on both the modern and traditional history and literature of Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between the Asia and the rest of the world, and global philosophical, ethical and religious issues.