Dean Sartarelli shakes hands with Li Chong
Dean Jose Sartarelli, left, shakes hands with Li Chong, Shenhuo Group chairman of the board, after signing the agreement.
 
Chinese wall hanging
Chong presents Sartarelli with a gift, a Chinese wall hanging.

WVU business school inks agreement with Chinese

December 20, 2010

WVU's College of Business and Economics has signed an education agreement with one of China's largest manufacturers.

Officials from Henna Shenhuo Group Co., Ltd, met with Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, dean, recently to sign a memorandum of understanding that would bring company executives to WVU for the next four years.

The Shenhuo Group employees, up to five a year, will enroll in the college's MBA program and return to leadership positions with the company after two years. The company is one of the 520 largest national multi-industrial and multi-regional group enterprises in China. It mines coal to generate its own electricity to make aluminum.

"Our relationship with China is longstanding," said Sartarelli, "going back to 1994 when we established the Center for Chinese Business (CCB). Having this kind of international interaction is good for our students and West Virginia, and we are very pleased to form this partnership."

Since 1994 more than 200 corporate executives and government officials from China have attended WVU through the CCB," said Dr. William Riley, who runs the center. "These students from China become loyal Mountaineers, too. Shenhuo Group is a rapidly growing company that needs trained executives."