UVU’s Woodbury School Of Business Forms International Partnership With China’s Shanghai Normal University
November 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Whitney Wilkinson (801) 863-5483
During an official signing ceremony on Oct. 22, Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business signed a memorandum of understanding and formalized cooperative academic ties with China’s Shanghai Normal University.
Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business, and Ian Wilson, vice president of academic affairs at UVU, met with Shanghai Normal University’s Xuncheng Mao, dean of the school of finance and business, and his delegation. The partnership will lead to student and faculty exchanges between the two universities. This formalization of relations will also facilitate research collaboration.
Dean Mao and the Shanghai Normal University delegation were special guests at UVU where the ceremonial signing took place.
“The creation of a partnership with Shanghai Normal University will bring greater opportunities for Woodbury School students and faculty to engage with China,” said Wright. “This new relationship is fundamentally important to the Woodbury School and UVU in assisting local businesses in their efforts to engage China.”
Wright recently returned from Tianjin where he met with Zhang Yuli, dean of the business school at the University of Nankai, to discuss collaboration at the graduate and undergraduate level. Wright and his team have also been working with institutions of higher learning in Mexico, Canada and the Middle East to create opportunities for Woodbury School students.
“A close academic relationship with Shanghai Normal University and other Chinese institutions will enable Woodbury School students to develop the skills they need to be competitive in a tightly linked business community,” said Wright. “These experiences will open many doors for our students long after they have moved on from UVU. Further, it will allow them to add value to existing local businesses anxious to business with China.”
The Woodbury School also has international relationships with institutions such as: Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada; University of Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; Woosong University in Daejeon City, South Korea; and Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
About the UVU Woodbury School of Business
The Woodbury School of Business is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Woodbury School supports a variety of engaged learning projects and programs, including the Entrepreneurship Institute in which students start their own business. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement and innovative teaching. In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in disciplines ranging from accounting to marketing, the WSB offers an MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.