College, Chinese meet to discuss affiliation
College of Business and Economics administrators met in April with representatives from Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) to explore joint programs at the undergraduate level.
The College, along with WVU's College of Engineering, is working with the Chinese to enroll students in Morgantown during their second and third year of undergraduate study.
The meeting, which took place in late April, is preliminary to a formal memorandum of understanding that is expected later in 2013.
According to the Institute of International Education, in the past 11 years the number of Chinese undergraduates studying in the United States has risen more than 10-fold, from 7,500 to 80,000. The institute also shows that business management and engineering are the top disciplines that attract international students. China recently became the leading country in sending students to the United States. Canada is second, according to the institute's research.
The University of Southern California enrolls the most international students, with some 9,000 students from abroad attending classes on the Los Angles campus. West Virginia University, with 1,744 (2012 numbers,) leads the state in the number of students from abroad enrolled. According to the institute, international students have an estimated $60 million economic impact in West Virginia.
"I was happy to meet with Mr. Zhou and his associates. We had productive talks about how our College could establish ties with his school. We have already had a long and on-going relationship with Chinese institutions of higher education through our Center for Chinese Business," said Dean Jose Sartarelli. "It is my hope that a stronger affiliation can be forged and that both of our organizations will benefit from it."
ZUCC was founded in 1999 and includes nine schools, including the WVU College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering and School of Medicine. The college has approximately 15,000 full-time students. It is near Shanghai, in Hangzhou City, a municipality of 6.2 million on the Qaintang River in eastern China.