Lakeland expands agreement with sister school in China
General - posted on 12/8/2005
Lakeland College and Shanghai Finance University in Shanghai, China, signed an agreement Tuesday to further expand their seven-year-old sister school relationship.
Lakeland hosted a five-member delegation from SFU, a four-year institution of higher learning whose principle offerings are in business and whose enrollment has climbed over 7,000 students.
During his trip to Asia in November, Lakeland President Stephen Gould and SFU President Chu Min Wei met to discuss further development of a joint educational program between the two schools.
The new ventures will include:
Lakeland establishing a program at Shanghai Finance University that will see Lakeland offer its undergraduate curriculum to a start-up cohort of about 80 SFU students who would concurrently earn bachelor's degrees. The two schools are still working on the details, and the desired startup date in some time in late 2006.
Lakeland sending a Chinese language professor and cohort of students to SFU for an immersion experience in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture during Mayterm. The first group, which included five Lakeland students and David Lynch, an instructor of writing with a master's degree in Chinese literature, went to Shanghai this past May.
SFU sending a delegation of 10 faculty and administrators to Lakeland during Mayterm for an introduction to and review of concepts of American higher education.
SFU sending one visiting scholar in various disciplines to Lakeland during the Fall and Spring semesters to teach and learn.
Lakeland first established a sister school relationship with SFU in November of 1998. Since that time, there have been a number of successful exchanges and visits between the two schools.
Wei led the SFU delegation on this visit, a group that also included SFU Professor Liu Yabin and Assistant Professors Xu Airong, Wang Yuan and Sun Miaofei. The group arrived in Sheboygan on Monday and stayed at the Blue Harbor Resort.
Tuesday's visit included the agreement signing, a tour of the Lakeland campus and presentations by Lakeland faculty and staff on a number of topics including English language teaching, academic administration and information systems.
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