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University of Wisconsin-Stout and Bei Fang University of Nationalities signed a five-year study-abroad agreement Tuesday in Menomonie.
The program calls for students from Bei Fang to attend UW-Stout during their third year in college and return to Bei Fang, in Yinchuan, Ningxia, in north central China, for their final year of schooling.
The program will begin July 1, 2012, and end June 30, 2017. Up to 10 qualified students from China will be admitted to UW-Stout the first year, and that number could grow in the following years.
UW-Stout has 189 international students this fall, including 28 from China.Bei Fang, like UW-Stout, offers about 40 undergraduate programs. Bei Fang has about 16,000 students; UW-Stout's enrollment this fall was 9,357.
Students from Bei Fang will concentrate at UW-Stout on applied math and computer science; various engineering programs; and applied science.
The agreement was signed in the Administration Building by UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and Bei Fang Vice President Jie Zhao, who was accompanied by five Bei Fang officials.
Zhao commented on the beauty of Menomonie and UW-Stout's campus and invited Sorensen to visit Bei Fang in the near future. The two leaders, through an interpreter, discussed key aspects of their universities and exchanged gifts.
Later, Zhao gave a presentation in Heritage Hall on Chinese literature and culture. Zhao, also president of the Chinese Nationalities Ethnic Culture organization, has published 15 books and 176 papers and presented internationally more than 100 times.
In November, UW-Stout and Shenzen Tourism College of Jinan University from China signed a similar agreement. Shenzen Tourism College has an academic focus similar to UW-Stout's School of Hospitality Leadership.
UW-Stout also has a study abroad program with Minzu University from Beijing, China, and with other foreign universities.###