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NWCC Signs Agreement with New Asian Educational Partner

Building on the previous success of Asia-Pacific educational partnerships, the president of Northwest Community College and vice-president of the People's Republic of China's Beijing Union University (BUU) have signed a memorandum of understand (MOU) that established a sister-school relationship and will see the institutions participate in faculty and student exchanges, joint research and other ventures. The Memorandum of Understanding is BUU's first Canadian partnership. Beijing Union University was established in 1979 when the Chinese Government created a 'union' of a number of smaller educational institutions into one large university. The smaller institutions still exist within the larger BUU umbrella organization. BUU offers comprehensive programming including business, teacher education, tourism, arts and sciences. It offers 53 different bachelor degrees, 72 diplomas, and has more than 29,000 students and 3,300 teaching staff on 14 different campuses. BUU Vice-President Professor Sun Quan and delegation was welcomed in Terrace on June 17, 2006 by NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth to sign the agreement and begin exploring opportunities for cultural exchange and mutual learning. "Our memorandum of understanding is the result of growing ties between BUU and NWCC," said Forsyth. "The relationship has revealed how much we have to share and learn from each other, and how that will benefit our respective students, businesses and the communities we serve, in terms of growth, leadership, and success." The scope of the agreement will include invitations from both institutions to a number of academics, students and research staff at their sister-school to visit each year to enhance professional development and provide educational exchanges. The MOU provides faculty with the opportunity to participate in academic conferences and/or workshops in areas of mutual interest, and undertake research projects, the results of which will be shared. Students will have the opportunity to study at their sister-school in specific academic programs. In addition, as part of the MOU, each institution, based on the principles of cooperation and equality, will nurture and expand the mutually beneficial sister-school relationship. The agreement is in effect for five years.Northwest Community College also holds partnership agreements with Qingdao Vocational and Technical College, demonstrating NWCC's commitment to develop exchange programs for students, create specific China-Canadian programs, and enhance professional development and teacher training.

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