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AMERICUS (April 16, 2014)—Since 2007, 75 students from Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) in Shanghai, China have been enrolled in a special accelerated master’s program for exchange students at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Monday, April 14 in the Wheatley Administration Building, delegates from SHOU met with officials from GSW and renewed an agreement to continue that program.

“Our relationship with Shanghai Ocean is an important one,” said GSW President Kendall Blanchard. “No other university in China has been as aggressive about sending its students to study at Georgia Southwestern. This latest visit of officials from SHOU assures us that we will continue to see its students matriculating to GSW.”

Historically, GSW students have rarely studied abroad at SHOU. During Monday’s meeting, however, a new layer of the partnership was discussed. Beginning this year, up to 15 students and faculty members can travel to Shanghai to study the Chinese language and culture for credit. This study abroad opportunity will involve a selection process.

Georgia Southwestern has agreements with over 50 international schools for both undergraduate and graduate study. Many of these agreements are part of a cooperation called the Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) which involves 21 American universities and over 100 Chinese universities. Based on the number students, the exchange between Georgia Southwestern and SHOU has been the most successful, by far.

For more information on international programs and partnerships at Georgia Southwestern, call (229) 928-1361.


(Seated) GSW President Kendall Blanchard (right) shakes hands with SHOu President for Academic Affairs Zeongen Zhang after signing a renewal agreement. (L to r, back row) Leisa Easom, executive director for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving; Xichen Lin, director of SHOU College of Economic Development and Management; associate VP for GSW Academic Affairs; Ping Yan, SHOU director of SHOU College of IT ; Ru Story-Huffman, dean of GSW Library; Liz Wilson, dean of the GSW School of Business Administration; Qong Li, dean of SHOU College of International and Cultural Exchange; Boris Peltsverger, dean of GSW School of Computing and Mathematics; Connie Blanchard; Daming Yu, interpreter and GSW graduate; Brian Adler, VP for GSW Academic Affairs; and : John Fox, director of GSW English Language Institute.

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