AMERICUS (Feb. 21, 2014)—For the second consecutive week, Georgia Southwestern State University officials met with representatives from a university in China. Monday, Feb. 17, the president of Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology and the dean of their International Exchange Center made a special visit to Georgia Southwestern to renew agreements in business, computer science and general studies.
“Most of the Chinese universities with which we have agreements are much larger than we and have partnerships with other American colleges and universities,” said GSW President Kendall Blanchard. “This is why I was so pleased that the delegation from Jilin made the trip to the United States with the sole purpose of visiting Georgia Southwestern. They had no other American institutions on their travel agenda. I think this says something about the high regard they have for this institution, its faculty, staff and students.”
Last week, representatives from Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management also renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with GSW. Blanchard added that the formal relationships Southwestern has with Chinese universities (or any university outside of the U.S.) help achieve the goals GSW set for itself in its new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Windows to the World.” The primary goal of the QEP is to make graduates better prepared for the emerging global world.
“These partnerships make it more likely that schools in China will send us students, both undergraduate and graduate,” Blanchard said, “which provides international exposure for our native students, many of whom have not travelled outside the country. And in general, Chinese students are good students who take their work seriously.”
Georgia Southwestern has agreements with over 50 international schools for both undergraduate and graduate study. Many of these agreements are part of a cooperation called the Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) involving 21 American universities and over 100 Chinese universities. GSW has had over 50 graduates from this program since it started in 2008. Even before GSW became a part of the CHEPD, it had relationships with other schools in China and in India.
“GSW is an excellent environment for these students,” said Helen Tate, associate VP for Academic Affairs, “as we have a strong English Language Institute that helps support academically qualified students who may need language support. These exchanges and cooperative agreements open windows to the world for our own students while building international understanding and perspective.”
Tate, who also leads international programs at GSW, said the University has seen increased interest from partner institutions to develop faculty exchanges and to send GSW students to Chinese universities. This spring, two GSW students are studying at Nanchang Hangkong University – a partner school – on full scholarship from the Ministry of Education in China.
For more information on international programs and partnerships at Georgia Southwestern, call (229) 928-1361.
Caption-Seated: GSW President Kendall Blanchard (right) shakes hands with Jilin Institute President Gao Weiping after signing a renewal agreement. Left to right, back row: John Fox, director of GSW English Language Institute; Feng Xu, associate professor of Business Administration; Zhao Hongmei, dean of Jilin International Exchange and Cooperation Center; Boris Peltsverger, dean of GSW School of Computing and Mathematics; Helen Tate, associate VP for GSW Academic Affairs; Ru Story-Huffman, dean of GSW Library; Kelly McCoy, dean of GSW College of Arts and Sciences; Brian Adler, VP for GSW Academic Affairs.
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