Representatives of Chongqing Technology and Business University, Western Carolina University’s most active partner institution in China, visited WCU on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to meet with deans, faculty and students from all the WCU colleges as well as with Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar and the staff of WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services.
CTBU is a public university of 30,000 students located in Chongqing, the largest city in China, said Ling LeBeau, WCU’s director of international programs and services. The delegation from CTBU included Han Yan, director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office; He Xiping, dean of the School of Computer Science and Information Engineering; Li Dapeng, vice dean of the International Business School; and Li Xi, program officer for the International Business School.
CTBU and WCU established an international partnership in 2010 for student and faculty exchange, LeBeau said. Since then, the two institutions have exchanged students each year, have had faculty participate in collaborative online international teaching, and have built a sister library partnership. This past summer, for the first time, three WCU faculty members traveled to CTBU for an international professional development program.
“During CTBU’s visit on Oct. 12, many innovative and collaborative ideas were generated by the CTBU delegation and WCU’s provost, faculty, staff and students,” LeBeau said. “CTBU would like to invite more WCU faculty to teach for short-term or long-term periods with all costs covered, invite more WCU students to study at CTBU for the summer or a semester, and send more CTBU faculty to WCU to be visiting scholars as well as students to study at WCU as direct enrollment.
“The CTBU delegation was truly impressed by WCU’s collegial and supportive campus culture, hospitality, and, of course, gorgeous scenery,” LeBeau said.