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A summer faculty development program at LIU Post has led to the campus’s story being widely shared on one of China’s largest social media websites. The article, “From American Breakfast to A Private University: Long Island University,” was posted on Sina Blog by Dou Ran, professor of international business at Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, who visited the LIU Post campus this past summer for a program hosted by LIU Post’s AACSB-accredited School of Business.

While attending the development program – part of a larger educational collaboration between the two universities signed earlier this year – Prof. Dou was impressed by the campus and its ties to Charles William “C.W.” Post, founder of the Post Cereal Company, and his daughter, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who made her home on the 307-acre campus as she built her father’s company into General Foods, the nation’s largest food corporation. “I did not expect that cereal, a typical American style breakfast food, would be linked to [the] University that I was going to visit,” Dou wrote.

Dou accompanied his account of the program with pictures and accounts of the scenes he observed on campus, including the portraits of Mr. Post and his daughter in the Great Hall, the fountain in front of the Winnick House, the Stecklow Gardens, the Equestrian Center, and students having breakfast at the Winnick Student Center. “In addition to a large lawn,” Dou wrote, “you can find everywhere on the LIU Post campus tall, lush oaks, maples, pines and ginkgoes. The campus must be very attractive in autumn with all kinds of colorful scenes. No wonder LIU Post is one of the most beautiful and safest campuses in the United States.”

Dou was also complimentary of the University’s small class sizes, faculty-student interaction, and the personal attention LIU Post students receive, making particular note of the way in which Dr. Robert Valli, Dean of the College of Management, makes himself available to students. “His office is not big,” Dou wrote but has floor-to-ceiling windows on one side. He could see faculty and students working in the common area right outside his office, and everyone passing by can see him through the completely transparent glass. This kind of office design seems to reflect the American culture of democracy. We now also advocate an open, transparent environment [in China], but it is in most cases just a talk.  It will be very difficult to implement [the idea] in such detail.”

LIU Post’s business programs are accredited by AACSB International – a distinction given to only 5 percent of the world’s business programs – and the School of Business is currently in its 14th year as one of The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools.” The College of Management is also home to the nation’s first School of Professional Accountancy – a regular source of talent for the “Big Four” global auditing firms – and the School of Computer Science, Innovation and Management Engineering. For more information, visit the School of Business home page.

The original article can be found at, and a Google Translation page in can be found at

Posted 10/25/2016

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