CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 15, 2005 ᾰ Officials with Southeast Missouri State University and Sichuan Normal University plan to enter into an articulation agreement next week that will offer educational opportunities to students from both China and Southeast. In addition, it will offer opportunities for faculty and professional staff exchanges.
A delegation from Sichuan Normal University will be on the Southeast campus March 22-24 to meet with Southeast administrators and faculty to discuss, negotiate and sign the articulation agreement that will enable the program to begin. The articulation agreement will be signed during a ceremony planned for 4:30 p.m. March 23 in the University Room of the University Center.
Sichuan Normal University was established in 1946 and is located in Chengdu, China, in Sichuan Province. Originally established as a teacher training institute, Sichuan’s enrollment is about 50,000 on three campuses, with more than 3,000 faculty and staff, 18 colleges, 21 research institutes or research centers, 69 undergraduate programs or majors, and 42 graduate programs through the master’s degree level.
Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of International Programs at Southeast, said the articulation agreement will offer Chinese students the opportunity to combine the best of a western and Chinese education. “It’s a joint degree program,” Parsons said, that will include “degrees in industrial technology, fine arts and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).”
The University plans to add other degrees over the next few years, including such areas as mass communications and business.
The degree program allows for one year of study in China, two years at Southeast and then one year in China, she said. Students will complete their coursework in their major and advanced University Studies courses here. They will return to China for their senior year to complete their degree at Sichuan Normal, she added. Other universities in China and the United States are very interested in such programs, also.
Both universities will award the student a degree upon successful completion of their work on both campuses, Parsons said.
Parsons and Dr. Jane Stephens, provost at Southeast, traveled to China last May to sign the initial agreement.
Sichuan, at the provincial level, is considered a “key” university, Parsons said. A “key” university is the main university for a Chinese province and is given the opportunity to select their students first. Thus, she said, they attract the best students in the region and students from across China. Their graduate programs are especially attractive to students from around the country, she added.
For more information, contact Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of International Programs, at (573) 986-6863.