UNCP signs two
agreements with Chinese university
By Scott Bigelow
Allen C. Meadors (center) signs agreement with HNU President Shutao
Chen and UNCP Provost Roger Brown.
Officials from The
University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Harbin Normal University
(HNU), China's largest teacher training university, signed a landmark
agreement on April 19.
The agreement enables
UNCP to offer its Master of Public Administration
(MPA) program in China. For Harbin, it is a unique agreement that imports
a U.S. higher education program to its campus.
A second agreement
will pave the way for HNU students to study English at UNCP.
HNU President Shutao
Chen explained the institutional significance of the MPA agreement.
1980s, we have developed more than 40 "sister" universities
around the world," President Chen said. "We have exchange
programs for students and faculty."
"This is the
first degree program" from another university ever offered at Harbin
Normal University, President Chen said. "This is the first program
with real substance."
UNCP's MPA program
at Harbin is expected to begin fall 2004 and would include as many as
40 HNU students. UNCP faculty would provide instruction both online
and in person on HNU's campus.
English education program is a "one-plus-two-plus-one" model
that would see HNC undergraduate students in China for their first year,
at UNCP for two years and return to China for their final year.
Founded in 1951,
President Chen said Harbin Normal University has an undergraduate enrollment
of approximately 30,000, graduate school enrollment of 5,000 and 12,000
C. Meadors said the MPA program is a good fit, and he is encouraged
by the prospects for future agreements with HNU.
Dr. Dazhu Zhang,
a Professor and Dean at HNU, said China's entry into world markets created
a demand for management training programs.
became a member of the World Trade Organization, there has been great
demand for knowledge in the field of public management," Dr. Zhang
said. "A joint venture program will equip our students with the
knowledge they need in the global marketplace."
is to expose students to study abroad experiences," Dr. Zhang said.
"In our education system, we emphasize a solid foundation in the
acquisition of knowledge, and our students are well prepared. The U.S.
system's strong point is in the application of knowledge. By integrating
these philosophies, we hope to produce better students."
Harbin Normal University
is a teacher education institution, offering courses on many subjects.
It is one of the key universities in Heilongjiang Province, the center
of teacher education and scientific research in education and the center
for training teachers in the province.
HNU is located in
Harbin, a major city adjoining the scenic Songhua River.
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