Agreement with Beijing Institute of Technology yields several firsts
The Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing has approved a cooperative agreement between Bryant University and Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, to collaboratively educate students on Bryant’s campus and in Zhuhai, China. Bryant will become the first and only American university with a presence in Zhuhai, the first university to establish a partnership with a private institution in China, and the only U.S.-China joint business program in Guangdong Province on the southeast coast.
A nationally recognized leader in international education, Bryant’s decision to establish China as a priority of its international strategy began in 2004. Since 2005, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant has forged academic, business, and cultural partnerships that have provided students and faculty with broad global experiences. The University is also home to a very successful Confucius Institute that has educated Bryant students and those in the neighboring high schools in both Mandarin language and Chinese culture. More than 300 Bryant students, faculty, and staff have visited China through the Sophomore International Experience since the program was created at Bryant in 2007.
In Zhuhai, education will take place on the Beijing Institute of Technology’s 800-acre campus, home to approximately 25,000 students. The program is intended to mirror Bryant’s curriculum and standards of excellence and will be taught in English, with no more than 100 entering first-year students initially. It is hoped that this program will also encourage numerous Chinese students to study at Bryant.
Bryant has filed a request with its accrediting body NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). The approval by the Chinese Ministry of Education allows many details of the partnership to be worked out over the coming months. Classes in Zhuhai could begin as early as September of this year.
President Machtley, Bryant Vice President for International Affairs Hong Yang, and other officials from Bryant attended the March 19 groundbreaking ceremony in Zhuhai. The facility being built will house the cooperative program for its first three years. Half of the 107,000-square-foot facility, constructed entirely through funding from Zhuhai partners, will be dedicated to the Bryant program.