Susquehanna Signs Agreement with Chinese University
Published on April 17, 2014
SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Susquehanna University welcomed officials from Sanjiang University in Nanjing, China, to its campus to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 17. The Sanjiang delegation and Susquehanna administrators met to finalize the MoU, which details possibilities for scholarly interaction, cultural interchange, cooperative research and other forms of academic collaboration, as well as possible student and staff exchanges.
The agreement was signed by Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons and Sanjiang University President Yuntang Chen. It is the latest advancement by both universities to offer their students additional cross-cultural learning opportunities in the United States and around the globe.
“We are honored that Sanjiang University has selected Susquehanna University for a U.S. partnership. We deeply respect the faculty and administration of Sanjiang University for the wonderful work that they do with their students,” said Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment management at Susquehanna. “This new relationship is a great opportunity for Susquehanna students to experience the power of Chinese business, education and culture.”
Sanjiang University, one of the top 10 private colleges in China and recipient of a number of government distinctions, has a population of 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and has 18 different colleges, including engineering, computer science and liberal arts studies. Located in Nanjing, which has a population of 6.3 million people and has the Yangtze River Delta’s second largest commercial center, Sanjiang is one of the first private schools in the Jiangsu Province and is less than 200 miles west of Shanghai. China’s growing economy ranks third on a global scale and Nanjing ranks 13th in gross domestic product among all cities in China.
“Given China’s importance on the world stage, we are thrilled to be able to increase student opportunities for cultural exchange by building such a partnership,” Susquehanna Provost and Dean of Faculty Linda A. McMillin said. “We look forward to welcoming Sanjiang students to our campus.”
The MoU is the latest example of Susquehanna’s commitment to internationalize its campus. It builds on the university’s nationally recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program, which ensures every student builds cross-cultural competence by studying off campus at one of more than 100 options abroad or in the United States. This new relationship is also expected to bolster even further Susquehanna’s efforts to attract more international students and faculty to Susquehanna. The university was recognized in 2013 by the Institute for International Education (IIE) with the Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing Campus. It is the top award given by the IIE to a U.S. university for progress in this area.
Susquehanna University is a selective, residential liberal arts college that provides a traditional background in the liberal arts, as well as professional experiences, preparing students for an increasingly fast-moving and interconnected world. It enrolls approximately 2,200 students and offers more than 50 majors and minors including a major in international studies with several emphases including Asian studies and comparative cultural studies. Currently, more than 20 percent of the university’s faculty come from outside the United States.