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FSU Delegation’s Trip to China Yields 4 New Agreements with Universities
11/05/2008

FSU Delegation’s Trip to China Yields 4 New Agreements with Universities
Meetings in China Open Doors to More Faculty, Student, Cultural Exchanges

FROSTBURG, Md.— After two weeks in China, a delegation from Frostburg State University led by FSU President Jonathan Gibralter has returned to Maryland with four new, signed agreements to expand international education opportunities for FSU and with a more informed perspective on how to cooperate with institutions there.

“I’m very pleased with the work that was accomplished during this most recent trip to China, a visit that follows several other great trips made by our faculty, students and staff,” Gibralter said. “China is a fascinating place with so much history and culture, and it is increasingly assuming a prominent role in how the world is changing. It’s so important that our campus has a connection with schools in China and that our students, faculty and staff understand China’s role in the global community. Meeting so many university leaders face to face really helped facilitate more opportunities for FSU as well as solidify existing relationships.”

The delegation, which visited schools in Beijing, Changsha and Chengdu from Oct. 18 through Nov. 1, included select members of the FSU administration who gave presentations and conducted meetings with officials at Changsha’s Hunan Normal University (HNU), where Gibralter served as the keynote speaker and sole representative of overseas institutions at HNU’s 70th anniversary ceremony and celebration. The group also visited Southwest University for Nationalities, Sichuan Normal University and Sichuan College of Education in Chengdu. Additionally, the delegation talked to students at Beijing’s Chenjinglun High School and the staff at the American Center for Educational Exchange at the Embassy of the United States of America. Members of the delegation also had productive meetings with business leaders and government representatives interested in advancing international education.

As a result of these visits and conversations with university and community leaders, FSU came home with an expanded agreement with HNU as well as new agreements with Southwest University for Nationalities, Sichuan Normal University and Sichuan College of Education. The agreements pave the way for collaboration in the specific areas of faculty, student and cultural exchanges and joint research and development programs.

“When we were at HNU, their vice president Dr. Jiang Hongxin said that a single visit was worth a 1,000 phone calls,” said Dr. John Bowman, FSU Vice Provost. “Our official partner institutions understand the importance of face-to-face meetings for developing and strengthening their relationships with FSU. I am pleased that these institutions have expressed an interest in visiting FSU in the near future.”

In addition to Gibralter and Bowman, the delegation included 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 ongoing work in global education and study abroad, contact Neddo at 301-687-3091 or e-mail lneddo@frostburg.edu. To read about FSU’s trips to China, visit http://blogfromtheburg.blogspot.com and http://becca-wholewideworld.blogspot.com.

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.

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