CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
April 29, 2005 – Officials with Southeast Missouri State University and Hunan 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 Hunan Normal University will be on the Southeast campus May 4-5 to meet with Southeast administrators and faculty to discuss, negotiate and sign the articulation agreement that will enable the program to begin. The delegation will be led by Dr. Liu Xiangrong, president of Hunan Normal University. Liu, a professor of philosophy, is considered the leading authority on environmental ethics in China.
The articulation agreement will be signed during a ceremony planned for 4:30 p.m. on May 4 in the Indian Room of the University Center.
While on campus, the delegation also will be meeting with key University administrators to discuss faculty and staff evaluation, establishing alumni relations and a foundation, financing higher education, admissions and recruitment, curriculum and instruction, and student life and living on the campus at Southeast Missouri State University.
Hunan Normal University was founded in 1938 and is located in Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province. Hunan Normal has an enrollment of more than 20,000, with more than 900 faculty and staff, 22 colleges, 47 research institutions, 63 undergraduate programs or majors, 56 master’s degree programs, and 10 doctoral degree programs.
“Hunan Normal’s size and extensive doctoral programs make it a major research institution,” said Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of International Programs at Southeast. “It is closely connected to initiatives with the Chinese government.”
Parsons said the articulation agreement, which is similar to an agreement Southeast entered with Sichuan Normal University in March, will offer Chinese students the opportunity to combine the best of a western and Chinese education.
“The joint degree program will offer degrees in music, art, industrial technology, English, education and environmental sciences,” she said.
The University anticipates additional degrees will be offered in the future, according to Parsons.
The degree program allows for one year of study in China, two years at Southeast and then one year in China, Parsons 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 Hunan Normal.
Both universities will award the student a degree upon successful completion of their work on both campuses, Parsons said.
Hunan Normal was one of the first universities in the Hunan Province and in China to enroll foreign students. It is ranked among the 100 “key” universities in China. A “key” university is the main university for a Chinese province and is given the opportunity to select their students first, therefore attracting the best students in the region and students from across China.
Eighteen students have already applied for admission to Southeast as a result of the articulation agreement the University entered with Sichuan Normal University in March, according to Parsons.
For more information, contact Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of International Programs, at (573) 986-6863.