A delegation of officials from the Hunan University of Commerce, Changsha, China, visited Frostburg State University on Tuesday, March 8, signing a letter of intent that is the first building block in working together to promote exchange and collaboration in education and research.
From left are Hunan University of Commerce Vice President Lei Houjian, Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter, HUC Chancellor Tang Weibing, FSU Provost Stephen Simpson, College of Business Dean Ahmad Tootoonchi and Associate Dean Sudhir Singh.
HUC Chancellor Dr. Tang Weibing led the delegation, which included the University’s Vice President Lei Houjian, and members of the faculty and administration. They met with FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, Provost Stephen Simpson, College of Business Dean Ahmad Tootoonchi and other officials responsible for welcoming international students.
“It was our pleasure to host the delegation from Hunan University of Commerce,” Gibralter said. “This new friendship will help both of our institutions expand our international education and research opportunities.”
The HUC delegation came to Frostburg to begin the process of building a relationship. The two institutions have mutual academic and educational needs, and the letter of intent will allow them to work together in the future to promote exchange and collaboration in education and research, including exchanging students, faculty and programs. HUC and FSU in particular want to achieve an active exchange of students and faculty in the undergraduate Business Administration and graduate Master of Business Administration programs. Discussions will continue on the details and program requirements.
Chancellor Tang told Gibralter that, while the two universities are very different, both have a similar tradition of caring for students. Tang had previously held a position at Hunan Normal University, also in Changsha, and was present when Gibralter gave the keynote address at HNU’s 70th anniversary ceremony and celebration in 2008. HNU was the first Chinese university to partner with FSU, and 26 HNU students are currently enrolled at FSU. In addition, nine FSU students who are members of the President’s Leadership Circle and three faculty and staff members will be traveling to China to visit HNU during spring break, as part of a leadership study tour.
To learn more about FSU’s growing relationships with institutions in China, contact Vice Provost John Bowman at 301-687-4211 or Tracy Klickman, director of the Center for International Education at 301-687-4717.