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Three University of South Carolina Upstate faculty members recently returned from a trip to Beijing, China where they attended a leadership conference sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in conjunction with the China Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).

Dr. Charles Harrington, senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Deryle Hope, associate director for International Studies, and Dr. Qiliang He, professor of history attended the October 16-22 conference for educational leaders. More than 35,000 Chinese students who were interested in studying abroad also attended the conference expo.

In addition to learning about current Chinese higher education issues, the faculty had the opportunity to acquaint Chinese students with the benefits of study at USC Upstate.

“USC Upstate wants to increase its recruitment efforts with Chinese students in order to further diversify our campus profile,” said Harrington.

After the conference, the trio spent an additional week visiting USC Upstate’s four partner universities: Hebei University, Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU), Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and Guangzhou University.  Serving as translator and facilitator for the trip was Dr. Qiliang He.

“The purpose of the visit was to expand our cooperation with these institutions in the areas of exchange and visiting students, degree completion programs, faculty exchanges, research and collaboration.  All universities were very receptive to the prospect of additional collaboration and expressed interest in expanding programs,” said Hope.

He added, “The presence of USC Upstate’s chief academic officer, Dr. Harrington, on this trip had a hugely positive impact on all our partners, since his presence attested to the seriousness of our commitment.”

“Such mutual understanding and hope for the prosperity of this relationship will take us very far and benefit many young individuals as they develop their careers,” said Zhang Liqin, vice president of Zhejiang A&F University.

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