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ECU's China connection
In Zhejiang Province, Professor Cox and his delegation visited Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST) and Hangzhou Dianzhi University (HDU) in Hangzhou, and Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) and Jinhua Polytechnic (JHP), in Jinhua city.
Student exchange and articulation agreements were discussed, settled and signed at the four Institutions.
At ZJNU, the ECU delegation was joined by Professors Lynne Cohen and Christine Ure to celebrate the graduation of 58 students in the Master of Education leadership program.
Many of the more-than-500 graduates from this program hold very senior leadership positions in Zhejiang Province and elsewhere in schools, tertiary institutions and government departments.
One past graduate, Professor Wang Zhenghong is now President of JHP and, historically, is the first ECU alumnus to sign an Agreement with an ECU President as a fellow President.
Two other alumni are also senior leaders at JHP - Professor Hu Ye who is Vice-President in charge of Teaching and Learning, and Professor He who is Dean of the JHP Medical College.
President Du Wei of ZUST, who played a key role as Vice-President of ZJNU more than 10 years ago when the partnership with ECU was being established, said he continued to take pride in the success of the program and now employs graduates at his University.
In his graduation speech, President Wu Fengmin of ZJNU was laudatory of the contributions both universities have made to the region through the very successful Masters Degree, which was approved by the Ministry of Education in Beijing almost a decade ago.
ECU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry O. Cox has visited old friends and alumni in China.