A whirlwind visit was made to Minnesota by an education delegation from Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology (HUHST) and Huaihua University (HU) both located in Hunan Province, situated in the central part of the People’s Republic of China. This delegation included Mr. Heyun Liu, Vice President, HUHST; Mr. Yangxi Peng, Director of Academic Affairs, HUHST; Mrs. Ling Zhang, Vice President, HU (formerly Director of Foreign Affairs at HUHST); Mr. Jianmin Peng, Dean of Physical Education Department, HUHST; and Mr. Jiaqi LI, Dean of Chemistry Science Department, HUHST.A whirlwind visit was made to Minnesota by an education delegation from Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology (HUHST) and Huaihua University (HU) both located in Hunan Province, situated in the central part of the People’s Republic of China. This delegation included Mr. Heyun Liu, Vice President, HUHST; Mr. Yangxi Peng, Director of Academic Affairs, HUHST; Mrs. Ling Zhang, Vice President, HU (formerly Director of Foreign Affairs at HUHST); Mr. Jianmin Peng, Dean of Physical Education Department, HUHST; and Mr. Jiaqi LI, Dean of Chemistry Science Department, HUHST.
Attending the breakfast at Bethel University (L to R): Jiaqi Li, Carol Chang, Richard He, Richard Crombie, David Clark, Heyun Liu, Duncan McCampbell, Ling Zhang, Jianmin Peng, Bin Jiang, Gregory Hugh and Yanqxi Peng.
( All Photos by Woody Dahlberg)
The delegation began their first visit to North America with stops in several Canadian cities and then entered the United States via Buffalo, NY. Although they arrived in Minnesota on a late evening flight, they were up bright and early the next morning to begin their one day visit to Minnesota.
The visit was arranged by Global Learning Alliance and China Insight so that they could explore developing some educational exchange programs with some Minnesota Universities. Assisting in the logistics of escorting the delegation was Richard He, President of Global Learning Alliance and Greg Hugh, Publisher/CEO of China Insight.
Their first stop was a breakfast meeting at Bethel University which was hosted by Dr. David Clark, EVP & University Provost and Mr. Richard Crombie, VP & Dean of the College of Adult & Student Professional Graduate School. Also in attendance were faculty members Duncan McCampbell, Program Director, Carol Chang, Associate Dean of International Students and Programs along with an MBA student from China, Bin Jiang.
Gift presentation at Bethel University
After brief introductions, the group began breakfast and welcomes were bestowed to the delegation by Clark and Crombie. In turn, the visitors from China expressed their appreciation. As is the custom, gifts were exchanged by the parties and Zhang made a brief slide presentation on the two Chinese universities demonstrating how similar they are to Bethel University.
Signing Memorandum of Understanding at Bethel University
At the conclusion of breakfast, the three universities signed and exchanged a formal Memorandum of Understanding expressing their mutual desire to develop an educational exchange program that would facilitate the ability for students to attend each others universities, teacher exchange and ultimately a dual-university degree program.
The visit ended with a tour of Bethel University facilities lead by Bin Jiang.
The delegation then departed for St. Cloud State University (SCSU) where they were greeted by Dr. Ann B. Radwan, Associate Vice President, Center for International Studies. After the formal introductions, the group gathered for lunch that was hosted by Radwan during which Kathryn Johnson, Special Education, College of Education and other faculty members joined the group.
Gift presentation at St. Cloud State University
At the conclusion of lunch, the delegation began a tour of the SCSU campus and were met and welcomed by Provost Devinder Malhotra during which time the parties exchanged gifts. The group was then given a tour of the Learning Resources and Technology Services by Ruth Zietlow, Associate Dean for Library Services.
Chinese delegation meeting with SCSU faculty members from the College of Fine Arts and Humanities
The next stop on the tour was a visit to the College of Fine Arts and Humanities where the delegation had a meeting with Raymond Philippot, Interim Associate Dean of College of Fine Arts and Humanities, along with other faculty members during which the idea of exchange programs were discussed. It was made quite clear to the delegation that the prospect for any kind of exchange programs could only be considered once SCSU completes its reorganization of colleges and departments is completed which is now underway.
Delegation meets with a student from Hunan now attending SCSU
Still on the agenda were visits to the Chemistry, Engineering and Athletics departments along with a tour of the sports facilities. Also, squeezed in were visits with some of the 30 or more students from Hunan Province who are already attending SCSU.
Before the group left campus to return to the Twin Cities, they made it a point to stop and see Radwan to thank her for her hospitality. Radwan appreciated the visit by the delegation and assured them that SCSU is committed to the internationalization of SCSU and would be seeking partners when it was appropriate and extended an invitation to the parents of any of the parents of Chinese students now attending SCSU to come and visit and she would be delighted to host them.
On that note the delegation left SCSU for the drive back to the Twin Cities for a farewell dinner that was hosted by Duncan McCampbell. Unfortunately it was a very late dinner and the evening ended quicker than most wanted but the delegation had an early morning flight that would take them to Washington, DC and eventually to New York and Boston before they headed back to China.