Pictured (from left): Provost Roger Brown, President Gengyu Yang and Chancellor Allen C. Meadors
A large delegation from North China Institute of Science and Technology visited UNC Pembroke in late September.
The group, headed by President and Director Gengyu Yang, spent three days at UNCP discussing exchange programs for students and professors.
"We are particularly interested in the Master's of Public Management Program," said Dr. Yang. "Because America is a developed country and China is a developing country, we hope to learn advanced administration of business and public management."
The Chinese university is also seeking to import certificate programs in information technology, particularly in the area of e-commerce, which UNCP plans to offer in partnership with Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, N.C.
UNCP, which launched its Master's of Public Management program at the Chinese University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou earlier this fall, is seeking additional partners abroad. President Yang is an old friend.
"Chancellor (Allen C.) Meadors is our old friend going back to 1997," President Yang said. "And Provost (Roger) Brown was a recent visitor to our university."
Chancellor Meadors said he is looking forward to a productive exchange.
"Relationships like this one can be very productive for both of our schools," Chancellor Meadors said. "The exchange of ideas and cultures with the North China Institute will strengthen our mission of globalizing this university."
"We welcome our friends from China and wish them a very productive stay in the U.S.," he said.
A state-supported school, North China Institute of Science and Technology is located a short drive from Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capitol of Beijing. The institute was founded in 1984 and has grown very quickly to an enrollment of 9,000 with 650 professors on its faculty.
North China Institute offers bachelor and associate degrees in business management, computer science, English and engineering. It also offers certificate programs in mining safety.
Besides master's level programs, North China is interested in faculty exchanges and English language experiences for its students and faculty.
"English is the language of international business," President Yang said.
Accompanying President Yang were Yanhua Chen, vice president; Guobing Liu, director of teaching and research; Jingde Xu, director of the Training Department and Chuanrong Su, associate professor and translator.
They attended the Champagne Gala opening of The Broadway and More Series at the Givens Performing Arts Center. After the Pembroke visit, the delegation will travel to West Virginia to meet with mining industry officials.