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WKU, China’s Hebei University sign agreement to create 2+2 program

In an effort to continue WKU’s expanding international reach, a delegation from WKU traveled to China’s Hebei province to finalize a five-year agreement creating a “2+2” program between Hebei University and WKU.

Dr. Wang Fengming (left), Vice President of Hebei University, and Dr. Brian Meredith, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at WKU, shake hands after signing a five-year “2+2” agreement on April 18 in Baoding City. Also attending the ceremony were (from left): Dr. Wang Jianghong, Dean of Economic College; Dr. Xu Jianzhong, Director of Science Department; Dr. Sun Jianfu, Dean of Management; Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, director of WKU’s Confucius Institute and ICSET; Raza Tiwana, Assistant Director of International Admissions; Ryan Hall, English as a Second Language International Director; Dr. Guo Fuliang, Dean of International College; and Dr. Xu Jianmin, Dean of Industry and Commercial College.

In the “2+2” program, Hebei University students will complete two years of business courses and English language training in Baoding City. Those students will then travel to Bowling Green to complete the final two years of their undergraduate degrees at WKU.

The program will officially begin in August with 100 students and is expected to expand to 200 students shortly thereafter. The first group of students is slated to arrive on WKU’s campus in 2014.

Dr. Wang Fengming, Vice President of Hebei University, and Dr. Brian Meredith, WKU’s Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, signed the agreement on April 18.

The four members of WKU’s delegation – Dr. Meredith; Raza Tiwana, Assistant Director of International Admissions; Ryan Hall, English as a Second Language International (ESLI) Director; and Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, Assistant to the President and Director of Confucius Institute and ICSET — toured the Hebei University and met with university officials and students.

“We are excited about the agreement and what is in store for this partnership in the future,” Tiwana said. “This agreement is a clear indicator of WKU’s dedication to international reach and our efforts in China and around the globe.”

Hebei University officials said the agreement was the first in many initiatives the two universities will undertake together.

Contact: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, (270) 745-2836.

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