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Frostburg State University Sending Delegation to China to Expand Relationships and International Education Opportunities
10/16/2008

Frostburg State University Sending Delegation to China to Expand Relationships and International Education Opportunities
Guoji Zhang, Chairman of the University Council at Hunan Normal University, left, visited students from Hunan Normal University studying at Frostburg State University in late September.
FSU President a Keynote Speaker at Hunan Normal University Celebration

FROSTBURG, Md.— Frostburg State University is sending a University delegation to China Oct. 18 through Nov. 1 to expand existing relationships with key institutions and establish new opportunities in international education for FSU faculty and students. Led by FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, the group will visit several schools, including Southwest University for Nationalities and Szechuan Normal University in Chengdu and Hunan Normal University in Changsha, where Gibralter has been invited to give a speech at the university’s 70th Anniversary ceremony.

“It is incredibly important that our students, faculty and staff experience other countries through study abroad, exchanges, sabbaticals and the presence of international students here at FSU,” Gibralter said. “We live in a global community, and to really understand what that means, you have to experience the people and cultures of nations overseas firsthand. We already have 16 students from Hunan Normal University at FSU this year, thanks to our previous efforts in China. During this next trip, we will solidify relationships with several new universities and foster our friendship with Hunan Normal University at their 70th Anniversary celebration.”

The FSU delegation’s journey follows several other successful trips to China by FSU students, faculty and staff—FSU education students learned about China’s teaching methods and schools in January and the FSU Chamber Choir performed as cultural ambassadors in several areas of China in March. FSU began planning the delegation trip following the Choir’s return from China in March.

In addition to speaking at Hunan Normal University’s 70th Anniversary celebration as the key representative of an overseas institution with which HNU has a solid partnership, Gibralter and several other members of the delegation will also give presentations to student audiences during visits to various institutions throughout China.

“The future of Frostburg State University must include a solid foundation in international education,” said Dr. John Bowman, FSU Vice Provost and a key organizer of FSU’s ongoing work with institutions in China. “We have both strong existing partnerships with schools in China and the opportunity to open doors at several new promising institutions. So much of forming relationships in China is based on face-to-face meetings and friendship. It is very important that we continue to develop these connections.”

In addition to Gibralter and Bowman, the delegation includes B.J. Davisson, Vice President for University Advancement; Dr. Tom Bowling, Vice President for Student & Educational Services; Stephen Spahr, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Economic Development and Government Relations; Lynn Neddo, Director of the Center for International Education; and Becca Ramspott, Public Relations Specialist.

To learn more about FSU’s programs and work in international education, contact Neddo at 301-687-3091 or e-mail lneddo@frostburg.edu. To read about FSU’s previous trips to China, click here.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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