Chinese Delegation Visits MU

MANSFIELD, PAA delegation from North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power (NCWU) in Zhengzhou, China, visited Mansfield University on July 16.

NCWU Delegates included Wang Tianze, Vice President; Cao Yugui, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Statistics; Han Mengqi, Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Languages; Shi Hongwen, Chief Librarian; Hong Yan, Director of the Audit Office; and “Celine” Han Yangxi, Deputy Section Chief of the International Office. This was the second visit by a delegation from NCWU but the first Chinese delegation to visit in three years.

The delegation met with President Charles Patterson; John Ulrich, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Kathryn Crossin, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration; Joshua Battin, Interim Associate Dean of Faculty; Nicholas Andre, Director of Campus Technologies; Jill Scott, Senior Executive Associate to the President; and Brad Lint, Associate Professor of English and US-China Exchange Coordinator.

In his opening remarks, President Patterson welcomed the representatives to MU and expressed his desire to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two universities. The two sides then discussed collaboration in professional writing and other programs. They also considered possibilities for faculty exchange.

MU and NCWU are partners in the CHEPD 1+2+1 dual degree program, in which Chinese students complete their first and final years at their home institution in China, and their sophomore and junior years at an American partner university. In 2016, “Mona” Mao Hongning graduated from MU and NCWU with a BA in English. Afterward, she earned her MA in International Commerce at prestigious Korea University and interned at China Construction Bank, the world’s second largest bank and sixth largest company. Mona has since founded an agency to help Chinese students study abroad.

NCWU is located in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, and has over 15,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors and 28 graduate programs.