Douglas College strikes third deal with Chinese institution

Douglas College will sign an agreement with Beijing Union University (BUU) on Wednesday that will allow BUU students to do a semester of studies at Douglas.

The two institutions will also do faculty exchanges and joint research, particularly in the areas of urban heritage and sustainability.

"Internationalization is one of the pillars of our strategic plan and is part of a broader educational experience," said Douglas College president Scott McAlpine in a press release. "We infuse global thinking and opportunities throughout our institution, and our partnership with Beijing Union University is one manifestation of that holistic approach."

Also this week, Douglas College is renewing its agreements with the Shanghai Administrative Institute (SAI) and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT).

The college has been providing public administration training at SAI since 1997 for more than 200 senior civil servants in the area while SAI has sponsored 82 Douglas College faculty members to attend its international conferences in Shangai on various issues in public administration, governance and urban development.

The joint agreement Douglas has had with SIFT dates back to 1998. Approximately 550 students are currently enrolled in the joint bachelor of administration in finance program in Shanghai. Twenty-five of the college's professors have taught at SIFT and 31 on its professors have visited Douglas for professional training.

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