CTC Trip to China Yields Three Major Agreements

Columbus Technical College Director of International Education and Outreach, Dr. Ian Bond, embarked on a trip to the People’s Republic of China recently and before he returned to the states, three major Chinese institutions of higher learning had signed agreements with Columbus Tech. Dr. Bond and international development consultant Dr. Robert George visited the country in November on this mission to help international students progress in their chosen field(s) of study.

“Having the opportunity to build this office of International Education from the ground up is phenomenal in and of itself,” Dr. Bond said. “Being able to embark on a fact-finding mission to a country so culturally different to Georgia to build educational partnerships and long-time friendships (Chinese: guanxi) is beyond expectation. We are doing everything in our power to ensure all international students, be they from China or any other country are allowed every chance to succeed.”

Their first stop was Hangzhou Polytechnic (HPT) – a college that sent representatives to visit Columbus Tech this summer. A letter of intent and agreement between HPT and Columbus Technical College was signed with the intention of establishing articulation partnerships. Over the next few months the two institutions will be developing a short term summer study program, a visiting scholar program, teacher exchange, and credit transfer programs.

Hangzhou Polytechnic is a vocational-technical institute located in the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. HPT is publicly funded by the municipal government and is authorized to award three-year diplomas. It has six academic divisions with 27 majors. The institute has 6,500 full time residential students and facilities that can accommodate up to 8,000 students.

Amber Tidwell, an English instructor at Columbus Tech, will begin a one year teaching assignment at HPT in February 2012. She will teach English as a second language as well as help promote Columbus Tech in Hangzhou.

The next stop on the Chinese mission was Sias International University in Xinzheng and City University of Zhengzhou (CUZ), both in  Henan Province. Similar agreements were signed with and Sias University and CUZ to include a short term summer study, visiting scholar, and faculty exchange programs. Columbus Tech will be working closely with these institutions in the field of Health Sciences.

Sias was founded in 1998 and holds the philosophy “Where East meets West.” This university is constantly seeking ways to integrate the best of American liberal arts and sciences education with Chinese culture and tradition. Sias has a student enrollment of around 23,000 and offers an extensive range of degree majors including: electrical engineering, law, business management, accounting, marketing, art and music performance, computer sciences, and many more. CUZ is a new technical university with 2,500 students.

For more information on the partnership agreements or on the office of International Education and Outreach, contact Dr. Ian Bond at ibond@columbustech.edu.