Monday May 9, 2011

Local News

Junket Or Useful Endeavour?

UFV's Evered heading to China to "strengthen our ties"

Released by UFV/Voice file photo of Mark Evered


ith the world's most powerful economy and millions of young people seeking post-secondary education, China is an important market for any university interested in international partnerships.


The University of the Fraser Valley has been involved in several Chinese educational initiatives over the years, and is open to exploring new partnerships.

UFV president Mark Evered will tour five Chinese cities in May to meet with partner universities. UFV Agriculture department head and noted horticulturalist Tom Baumann and UFV China liaison officer Betty Wang will accompany Dr. Evered on the tour.

"We have longstanding relationships with several institutions in China," says Evered, "and this trip is an opportunity for us to strengthen our ties with them and explore more opportunities to cooperate."

The tour will include a signing ceremony at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, to formalize a recent agreement that will enable Chinese students from FAFU to come to UFV to complete the last two years of their agriculture degree.

While in Beijing, the UFV team will meet with a delegation of industry representatives and city officials from Abbotsford - including Mayor George Peary - to tour select Chinese businesses working in agriculture.

"The Fraser Valley has a strong agricultural sector, using cutting-edge techniques and technology," says Baumann, who will connect with the Abbotsford delegation in Shanghai as well. "We have a temperate climate and some of the most fertile lands in Canada. There are many areas of mutual support and learning that we can develop with our Chinese partners in that sector."

The tour schedule includes the following cities and universities: Dailian (Dalian Software University, Dalian Maple Leaf School, City Institute of Dalian, University of Technology; Beijing (Kede College of Capital Normal University, and North College -Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing University of Agriculture); Shanghai (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology); Fuzhou (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University); and Chengdu (Sichuan Normal University)



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