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Vol 40  No 4
October 11, 2007


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Memorial sends impressive contingent overseas

President visits China

A Memorial delegation is back on home turf after a jam-packed visit to Asia.

The team was headed up by President Dr. Axel Meisen and Dr. Eddie Campbell, vice-president (academic), who visited parts of China from Sept. 14-24. They were joined by Dr. Gary Gorman, dean, Faculty of Business Administration; Dr. Ray Gosine, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Dr. Peter Fisher, head of the Marine Institute’s Department of Degree Studies and Research (DDSR).

Dr. Meisen visited the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and toured the Shanghai Jiaotong University and attended a dinner reception with a group of parents whose children are currently enrolled in master’s programs at Memorial. He also met with senior personnel from the Northeast Normal University, and attended an alumni reception and dinner in Beijing.

Drs. Meisen, Campbell, and Fisher also took part in graduation and school-year opening ceremonies at two of MI’s partner institutions, Jilin University-Lambton College and Jiangnan University.

The Marine Institute led the development of a relationship with Jilin University, the largest university in China, in response to the provincial government and Memorial’s mandate to increase the number of international students here in Newfoundland and Labrador. This relationship provides students of Jilin University-Lambton College in China with the opportunity to partake in MI-MUN’s bachelor of technology program.

Through this partnership, students in China complete the first three years of their program in China and their final year in St. John’s.

In August 2002, 35 Chinese students enrolled in the bachelor of technology program at our St. John’s campus. To date, there have been 154 program graduates who completed the requirements in China and 71 program graduates who completed the program in St. John’s.

This is the first arrangement of its kind between a Canadian University and a Chinese partner.

Meantime, while at Jiangnan University, Dr. Fisher also met with representatives from the food science and technology faculty to discuss broadening the partnership.

“This is a large university. The faculty has eight classes of 35 students each completing the food technology program every year and they are interested in a new model that would have Chinese students completing two years at Jiangnan University before completing the final two years of a degree program at MI and MUN,” said Dr. Fisher.

“We are looking forward to working with them. In fact, Ed Durnford and Heather Manuel are going over there in November for a conference and hopefully to talk about ways we can partner on this program.”

While in China, Dr. Fisher, together with Dr. Campbell, also met with representatives of Dalian Maritime University to explore a possible partnership.

“Dalian is a large university that offers programs in nautical science and marine engineering as well as other ocean-related engineering technology programs and they are very interested in signing an MOU. I’m looking forward to working with them to set up some new programs,” said Dr. Fisher.

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