Published 08/14/12

A bridge between the U.S. and China

Since 2005, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University has forged academic, business, and cultural partnerships that offer students and faculty broad global perspectives and experiences. More than 250 students and staff have visited China through Bryant’s Sophomore International Experience, and 21 Chinese students currently study at the University. Arrangements for the unprecedented reconstruction of the Shu Fang Zhai building, a section of the Chinese Forbidden City, on the Smithfield campus are ongoing. Plans are now underway to further develop the bridge between Bryant and China and provide the University with an international presence few institutions can boast.

In March 2012, the University entered into a preliminary agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai. Located adjacent to Macau and across the bay from Hong Kong, Zhuhai is a new  educational hub of China and situated in the Guangdong Province on the Southeast coast, one of the most developed and prosperous areas of the country. The agreement outlines plans for a joint venture promoting academic cooperation through teaching, research and study. The terms of the plan are that Bryant would contribute academic expertise to the project, while our Chinese partners would provide land, facilities and other capital investments.

Our vision for Bryant University Zhuhai is a momentous step in the evolution of Bryant University as a leader in international education.  If we can bring our plans to fruition, Bryant University Zhuhai- to be constructed entirely with funding from our partners overseas- will provide the University with a tangible presence in one of the world’s fastest growing economic centers. In addition to giving the University significant visibility, Bryant University Zhuhai can serve as a bridge and destination for University students and faculty who seek direct exposure to learning opportunities in China. Already our joint venture agreement positions Bryant among the ranks of an elite group of universities that have campuses in countries other than their own. Only three institutions—Duke University, New York University and Kean University—have joint venture agreements in China.

An application for Bryant University Zhuhai has been endorsed by the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and is currently under review by the Chinese Ministry of Education. If all goes according to plan, we could be open for students as early as the fall of 2013. This central location will attract students from China as well as Southeast and South Asia (including Singapore, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia) and will be an outstanding venue for students from Bryant and other American universities to study in China.