Southern Illinois University delegation visits UIBE
Representatives from Southern Illinois University (SIU) visited UIBE on October 27, 2015, including Dr Susan Ford, Vice President and Academic Dean of SIU, and Dr Tomasz Wiltowski, Dean of the Advanced Research Center on Coal Energy of SIU.
The meeting was held by Gao Jian from the Department of Student Affairs at Room 220, Qiuzhen Building. Attendees included Zhang Cuiping, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Division, Wang Yunhai, Director of the Department of Student Affairs, Wang Lifei, Dean of the School of International Studies (SIS), Xu Wenbing, Deputy Party Secretary of SIS, and student representatives who have studied at SIU through previous exchange programs.
At the beginning of the meeting, Zhang Cuiping delivered a welcoming address. Director Zhang expressed deep appreciation to SIU for its provision of exchange opportunities and preferential polices on tuition fees, hoping to further deepen the cooperation in the future.
Wang Yunhai briefly introduced the cooperation between SIU and UIBE, and reviewed important mutual visits during the past seven years. Wang Lifei introduced the cooperation between SIS and the School of Mass Media of SIU. As a student representative, Tang Sihui, a senior undergraduate from the School of Banking and Finance, shared her studying experience at SIU. Afterwards a discussion was conducted between representatives from SIU and leaders from UIBE.
UIBE representatives said that SIU's exchange program is of great importance for UIBE to cultivate innovative talents and to broaden students' minds. UIBE welcomes more teachers and students from SIU visiting and studying at UIBE. UIBE hopes to find more areas that overlap with SIU, to develop cooperation on such areas as a Summer School, credit transfer and tuition fee reduction, and to achieve a win-win result by establishing "international pilot classes". Dr Ford highly praised UIBE's exchange students, saying that SIU would continue to increase exchanges among students and teachers, encourage more American students to come to UIBE to take short-term courses, and provide general courses for the Summer School. At the end of the meeting the two sides reached a broad consensus on exchange program and a joint education program.