Doors in Asia
agreements between UNC Pembroke and two Chinese universities will create
international opportunities for students and faculty.
This spring university
officials and visiting officials of the China University of Mining and
Technology signed an agreement for UNCP to offer a master's program
During a visit to
China in early June, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors signed an articulation
agreement with Macau University of Science and Technology. It would
all allow Chinese students who earn associate degrees to transfer credits
to UNCP towards their baccalaureate degrees.
Faculty in the Public
Management (MPM) program will travel in pairs to China University each
semester to train students there. The classes would be about two weeks
long and would be augmented through the Internet.
UNCP will certify
Macau University academic programs and provide administrative support
services. Both agreements pave the way for exchanges of students and
faculty between UNCP and The People's Republic of China, the world's
The future of international
educational relations is an open door for the university, said Chancellor
"As part of
our ongoing efforts to prepare our students for the global society in
which we live, these partnerships provide our students educational experiences
and opportunities that will carry them beyond the classroom," the
Dr. Dan Barbee,
who directs the MPM program at UNCP, said the international educational
alliance is an opportunity for faculty to travel and gain international
pleased and excited with the opportunity," Dr. Barbee said. "I
hope to go with the first wave."
"I see long
term and interesting possibilities," he said. "It will expand
our cultural and scholarly horizons."
Dr. Barbee said
there is a great deal to be learned about China by UNCP's instructors.
have an extraordinarily large and complex system of government,"
he said. "They can contribute significantly to our understanding
of public administration as we teach them an American management program."
The agreements must
be approved by the UNC Board of Governors, but UNCP leadership is excited
by the possibilities of additional international ties.
Will there be more
outreach programs into Asia or elsewhere? Chancellor Meadors can envision
a Center for Asian Studies and Entrepreneurship at UNCP.
"When you realize
that over half of the world's population is Asian, you start to appreciate
the importance to our students to interact and become comfortable with
this part of our small world," he said. "There are tremendous
opportunities for collaborations and partnerships with Asian universities."
And UNCP will be
there as Chinese relations with the West continue to grow.
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