of Wisconsin-Stout has signed a master's program agreement with Guangdong
University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China.
The agreement stipulates that Chinese students will take one year of course work at UW-Stout in the master's operations and supply management program and one year at their home institution to satisfy the requirement for the UW-Stout Master of Science degree.
The program is anticipated to begin in fall of 2014.
Three UW-Stout officials traveled to China in November. Provost Joseph Bessie, Hong Rost, director of the Office of International Education, and Katherine Lui, associate dean of the College of Management, visited GUFS and met with university President Zhong Weihe to sign the agreement.
The two universities have had a relationship since 2010. In the last two years, nine Chinese students from GUFS and six from South China University of Technology, also in Guangzhou, have studied at UW-Stout, Rost said.
Instructors in the College of Management also have led four short study abroad programs to Guangzhou over the last few years.
In 2013, Jim Keyes, professor and program director of operations and management, and David Ding, associate professor, also of operations and management, took 16 students on a short-term study abroad trip to the Guangzhou campus. UW-Stout students interacted with Chinese students and presented on the topic of lean manufacturing, Keyes said.