[photopress:MBA_Nicole_Richie.jpg,full,alignright]The University of Arizona announced it has signed an agreement to provide ‘academic services’ to China’s Nanjing International University. The UA’s communications office described the deal as a ‘landmark agreement,’ and UA President Robert Shelton called it a ‘tremendous opportunity’ that ‘really is unique.’
He is correct in referring to it as unique as, according to news published by the University of Arizona, Nanjing International University has yet to be built.
Nanjing University (note no International) is regarded as one of the best and most selective universities in China. Its history dates back to the first year of Yong’an reign (AD 258), making it one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the world. It has been at the forefront of developments in teaching and research in China. It was the first institution in the country to adopt student-centered teaching methods. It was the first co-educational Chinese university. It was the first Chinese university to provide doctoral education.
Nanjing International University is very different.
The idea comes from the Founded by Nanjing Fund of American Universities, University of Arizona, America, Jiangsu Education Office and Nanjing Normal University. Nanjing International University held its contract-signing ceremony on April 8 with Jiangsu International Higher Education Park, which is being undertaken by Jiangsu province.
With the contact signed, Nanjing International University will become the first higher education institution in the park when it is built. It is also the first international education organization co-founded by Jiangsu province with an American university.
Jiangsu International Higher Education Park is specifically for education organizations and institutions co-founded by Jiangsu province and top universities from other countries.
Management of Nanjing International University is exclusively University of Arizona-standard based. Programs that the present education in Jiangsu lacks are available for its students, who will get Bachelor’s Degree upon graduation. (Our illustration, for want of one of the new university, is Nicole Richie — one of the many proud alumni of the University of Arizona.))
The collaboration will also allow Nanjing students to gain University of Arizona degrees while studying in Nanjing.
According to Henry Tsang, an University of Arizona alumnus who has spearheaded many of the university’s efforts in China, ‘If all goes well, UA is in a position to leapfrog other universities in terms of being a gateway to China.’
Source: The Wildcat Online