North Park University Signs Agreement with Five Chinese Universities

Memoranda of understanding to develop relationships with institutions in China

CHICAGO – January 20, 2011 – North Park University has reached agreement with five Chinese universities that will establish cross-cultural learning and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. Formal memoranda of understanding have been signed with each of the institutions, committing North Park University and the institutions to:

  • promote student and faculty exchange
  • make available degree-completion opportunities for Chinese students seeking to study at North Park
  • identify programs of mutual interest for all students

The five institutions include Beijing Union University (College of Arts and Sciences), Beijing; Jianwen University, Yantai; Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu; Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou; and Leshan Normal University, Leshan.

“North Park University is delighted to expand its international higher education opportunities with China,” said North Park University President David L. Parkyn. “With the resources available through our faculty and the city of Chicago, North Park will feature programs of study in collaboration with Chinese universities that will enhance the learning opportunities available to our students and prepare these graduates for a world in which dialogue and exchange are valued ideals.”

“North Park University and Chicago have strong relationships with China that have culminated in these formal relationships with a small number of Chinese universities,” said North Park University Provost Joseph Jones. “Chicago is the only city outside Washington, D.C., that was visited by Chinese President Hu Jintau this week, and Chinese is the second most popular language of study in Chicago public schools. North Park has hosted numerous faculty exchanges and student exchange programs in the past, and we already have a large number of Asian faculty and students. With the signing of the recent formal agreements, the opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration will expand rapidly.”

The memoranda were signed recently on an overseas trip by President Parkyn, Provost Jones, and Dr. Timothy Lin of North Park University. Details of both short-term and semester-long study programs and other programs are being developed.