Jayne started out planning to spend a number of weeks in Qingdao, China to prepare for a Consortium for Global Education summer conference at Qingdao University in 2006. Although that plan didn't materialize, she was able to spend time in Asia after the conference with Union students in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program. They were conducting collaborative research in a nearby city. She also had time to explore academic relationships with universities in China and Thailand. While at Yonok University in Lampang, Thailand, she took part in a conference for Thai instructors of English as a Second Language.
Jayne: "There's no doubt that this leave gave me the opportunity to observe more in-depth the kinds of things that are important in developing those partnerships from institution to institution. That was an invaluable part of all of this."