A delegation of 10 higher education officials from the People’s Republic of China visited Clayton State University yesterday under the auspices of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
The delegation is visiting the U.S. under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education to study the American higher education system, making stops during their 13-day visit in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Albuquerque, N.M., and Los Angeles. As the organization in charge of public higher education in Georgia, the University System of Georgia (USG) was asked by the National Committee on United States-China Relations to host the Chinese delegation, and to discuss the System’s role and structure, as well as the means by which the USG fulfills its mandate.
Part of the visit to the USG involved a visit to two of the member institutions of the USG, which is where ClaytonState entered the picture. Spending the morning of Dec. 12 at ClaytonState were delegation leader Mr. Sun Yegang, Deputy Director-General, Department of Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education (MOE) and his colleagues.
After a welcome by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes, the Chinese delegation received an overview of ClaytonState from Associate Vice President for Extended Programs Dr. Kevin Demmitt, and a review of the mission of ClaytonState as a public university from Hynes.
The delegation then had the opportunity to learn more about the College of Business at ClaytonState from Interim Dean Dr. Michael Deis and Interim Associate Dean Dr. Louis Jourdan.
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) came next, with Dean Dr. Lila Roberts, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology Dr. Junfeng Qu and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Ken Nguyen providing an overview of CIMS.
According to Demmitt, the delegation asked some excellent questions about accreditation processes, the relationship between the business community and the University, and the process for developing new degree programs.
The delegation then took a tour of the ClaytonState campus, led by Cele Blair, assistant director of the Clayton State Office of International Programs.
Joining Mr. Sun on the visit to Clayton State were: Mr. Tang Zhenfu, Deputy Division Chief, Division of Cross-Border Education Partnerships, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, MOE; Ms. Xie Lili, Deputy President, School of Urban Development and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Second Polytechnic University; Mr. Chen Fuxue, Deputy Director, Office of Disciplinary Development, Shanghai University; Zhu Zhanfeng, President, School of Economics and Management, Ningbo University of Technology; Mr. Xu Leiting, Deputy President, Medical School of Ningbo University; Ms. Yang Wei, Deputy President, Zhejiang Fashion Institute of Technology; Mr. Zheng Weidong, Deputy President, Ningbo Polytechnic; Ms. Liu Xiaomei, Deputy President, Renmin University of China, Suzhou Campus; and Ms. Fan Zhonglin, Program Assistant, China Education Association for International Exchange.
Following their visit to ClaytonState, the delegation spent the afternoon at the Atlanta headquarters of the University System of Georgia, and then visited the Georgia Tech campus on Friday.
The National Committee on United States-China Relations has worked with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the U.S. Department of Education for more than 30 years in the implementation of an MOU signed by the two government agencies in the early 1980s.