USC Upstate Welcomes Delegation from Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University in Lin’an, China

January 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate welcomed officials from Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University in Lin’an, China on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in order to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two universities involving students in the Computer Science degree program. The signing occurred at 1:30 p.m. in the University Conference Room in the Administration Building.

The agreement between the universities allows Chinese students to complete the first two years of their computer science courses in China and then transfer credits to Spartanburg for the final two years of study, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in computer science from USC Upstate. The first contingent of students will arrive for the fall 2011 semester. They will live in on-campus housing and will have access to all the amenities a full-time resident student has.

The delegation from Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University included Prof. Fang Luming, dean of School of Information Engineering; Prof. Li Guanghui, vice dean of School of Information Engineering; Prof. Qi Hengnian, vice dean of School of Information Engineering; Prof. Wu Dasheng, department head, School of Information Engineering; Prof. Xu Aijun, department head, School of Information Engineering; and Prof. Zhou Dequan, department head, School of Information Engineering.

Representing USC Upstate at the signing was Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor; Dr. Dirk Schlingmann, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Jerome Lewis, chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Visiting and exchange students from both universities have studied on the respective campuses in a variety of academic disciplines. Six USC Upstate students have attended semesters and summers in Lin’an, studying history, Chinese language and culture. Currently, seven Zhejiang A & F business majors are attending USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

For more information, contact Deryle Hope, associate director of the Center for International Studies and coordinator, Strategic Academic Initiatives at dhope@uscupstate.edu or 864-503-5769.