Chinese Delegation visits UW-Parkside
A delegation from Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) met with Chancellor Debbie Ford, Provost Fred Ebeid and members of the College of Business, Economics, and Computing April 15 and 16. Li Chaoxian, vice president and interim chancellor, He Mingke, director of the International Office, and Zhang Wei, vice director of academic affairs, began their U.S. visit by meeting with nine BTBU students studying at UW-Parkside.
BTBU and UW-Parkside established a 3+1+1 agreement where participants in the exchange program first complete three years of study at BTBU, then complete their final undergraduate year at UW-Parkside within the College of Business, Economics, and Computing. The course credits are transferred back and students receive their degree from BTBU. Students staying a second year in the U.S. earn a master of business administration or a master of science in computer and information systems from UW-Parkside.
According to Dirk Baldwin, dean of the College of Business, Economics, and Computing, representatives from BTBU seem pleased with the relationship thus far. Students in particular highlighted the quality of faculty, as well as student and staff friendliness. The BTBU delegation also met with Emmanuel Otu, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and several faculty members. Both universities agreed to look at expanding the relationship to other majors and through faculty exchanges. Provost Ebeid and Stu Hansen, chair of the Computer Sciences Department, plan to visit BTBU this summer.
Upon leaving UW-Parkside, the delegates expressed their appreciation for UW-Parkside's hospitality toward them and the BTBU students. They hope to return the hospitality by offering to host students from UW-Parkside as part of a study tour to China in 2014.