DEARBORN — Henry Ford College President Stan Jensen welcomed a delegation from 20 colleges in China to campus in late July, including Hangzhou Vocational Technical College, to discuss potential articulation agreements and other partnerships.
The delegation’s visit was made possible by the China Education Association for International Exchange, formed in 1981 by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is headquartered in Beijing.
The CEAIE is committed to working in close collaboration with its partners – both in and out of China – to pursue its mission in providing excellence and accessibility for students, teachers, scholars, school leaders/administrators from China. The goal is to foster understanding and mutual respect, as well as exchange ideas and practices in every aspect of educational development and reform.
On July 28, CEAIE members representing 20 Chinese colleges visited HFC, where it participated in various training exercises, learned about academic quality and standards in the United States, and took a cultural tour of the Dearborn community, most notably Greenfield Village.
CEAIE members also had the opportunity to hear from HFC academic leadership about the college’s many outstanding academic programs.
In the afternoon, a separate conversation took place between Randall Knight, HFC associate dean of Social Sciences, Arts and Fitness; Victoria Shepherd, HFC lead faculty member for the Graphic Design Department; and Shuyan XU, vice president of Hangzhou Vocational & Technical College in China about a possible 2+1 agreement with the Graphic Design Department.
“We’ve established personal relationships that should turn into something more,” Knight said.
The CEAIE is a supporting member of the University of Toledo Community College Internationalization Consortium. Founded in late 2014, the consortium’s purpose is to combine strengths of a public university and community colleges in an effort to internationalize community colleges. In addition to HFC, community colleges involved with the Consortium include Jackson College in Jackson, Schoolcraft College in Livonia, and Columbus (Ohio) State Community College.
One of the consortium’s goals is to attract more international students to study at consortium-affiliated community college campuses. There is a provision of greater international education opportunities for domestic students attending consortium-affiliated community colleges. The consortium has focused on China, particularly on the development of joint-degree programs between consortium community colleges and Chinese higher vocational colleges.
“This meeting with the CEAIE members was very positive and productive. I am looking forward to our students getting more experience on an international basis in addition to receiving a quality education,” Jensen said.