Meet the Director - Hangzhou, China


Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities. Since 1990, VU has sent 16 different faculty members, and their families, to the Hangzhou, China program.

jaishankar ramanThe fall 2012 resident director is Professor Jaishankar Raman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics.  Dr. Raman received his B.A. from Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai, India, his M.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  His research interests include economic development of regions, implications of economic liberalization of emerging markets (China, India and Mexico) and international economics.

 In 2009, Dr. Raman was the recipient of Valparaiso University's prestigious Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The Caterpillar Award is presented annually to a committed and effective Valpo professor who displays proven excellence in engaging and empowering students, in using innovative methods of teaching and in enhancing the personal, intellectual and spiritual growth of students.  He also serves as advisor to Valpo's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), which competes on a national level.  

Dr. Raman's wife and two sons will be joining him in China and look forward to this experience together.


Former Resident Directors of the Hanghzou, China Study Center

 Sara Dorow
 1991-1992  John Hazewinkel
 1993, 2001, 2007
 Jim Nelson
 1994-1996  Lin Zhimin
 1997  Yuehua Zhang
 1998  Peter Scholl
 1999  Meng Jianyun
 2000  Stepehn Smith and Linda Lewis
 2002  Rachel Gretencord
 2004  Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
 2005  Dennis Friesen-Carper
 2006  Gregory Hume
 2008  John Ruff
 2009  George Heider
 2010  Carter Hanson
 2011  Kevin Ostoyich