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UVU One Of 10 U.S. Universities Selected For 2011 Partnership Program With China

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January 18, 2011
For Immediate Release

For more information: Danny Damron (801) 863-8703
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Brie Joseph (801) 863-8342

Utah Valley University has been selected as one of 10 U.S. higher education institutions to participate in the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). The IAPP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in China during 2011.

The IAPP advisory board was impressed with UVU’s commitment to international education, stating UVU’s “application stood out for its demonstrated support from both administration and faculty, commitment to increasing internationalization on your campus and stalwart desire to foster a partnership with a Chinese institution.”

Participating campuses will form an on-campus task force of faculty/administrators that will work on prospective partnerships with institutions in China, which could include joint programs, student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and training. Each institution will also conduct an institution-wide inventory of events pertaining to China and develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with China.

Over the next year, these 10 institutions will participate in an integrated series of training activities, focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with institutions in China, and a study tour to China in spring 2011 to meet with potential partner campuses. Each participating institution has committed to forming a campus task force to work on prospective partnerships, conducting an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to China and developing a strategic plan focused on partnership with China. Partnership activities may include joint programs, student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and teaching.

“It’s a great honor to be selected,” said Danny Damron, director of UVU’s International Center.  “This program is a natural next step, building upon the International Center’s Global Spotlight: China program and UVU President Matthew S. Holland’s Strategic China Initiative. Developing international partnerships with higher education institutions in China will move UVU further along in building more rigorous China-focused academic programming.”

This partnership opportunity comes at a time when UVU has introduced a number of initiatives to shed light on China’s growing influence as a world cultural, social and economic power. In addition to the International Center’s Global Spotlight: China program presented during the 2010-2011 academic year, the institution’s Business Engagement Strategy, which was developed in late 2010, includes initiatives aimed at better understanding China’s relevance in the world economic and business arenas.

“This institution’s selection as a participant in the International Academic Partnership Program with China underscores UVU’s dedication to offering programs and degrees that are in demand and that will help our graduates find employment in an ever-changing world market,” President Holland said. “It speaks to the serious nature of our students and academic programs and the emphasis on community engagement at this University. Our community leaders indicated a need for a more robust commitment to Chinese education. This is evidence of our effort to meet that commitment.”

For more information about the International Academic Partnership Program please contact UVU’s International Center at 801-863-8342, or visit www.iie.org/en/Programs/International-Academic-Partnership-Program.

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