Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy A. Church welcomed Changsha University President Dr. Yun Liu to the LCCC campus in May to enhance the spirit of global educational cooperation and cross-cultural understanding and friendship between the two colleges.
LCCC and Changsha University signed a memorandum of understanding in 2004 after LCCC Professor Annouska Remmert, Ph.D., initiated the partnership with Changsha University in 2001. “The memorandum establishes an educational partnership and framework for the development of mutually beneficial educational and cultural relationships for the students, faculty and staff of both educational institutions,” she said.
The partnership fits in with LCCC’s Vision 2015 priority to “Prepare Globally-Competent Talent to Compete in the Innovation Economy.” Activities between LCCC and Changsha University have included:
- Educational and cultural trips for both faculty and students to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures.
- An exchange of students and faculty.
- Open visitation for the administration of both colleges.
- Customized development of programs.
- Joint development of short or long programs.
To date one LCCC student has studied at Changsha University for a year and a second is completing a year of study. Remmert has also participated in training teachers at Changsha in English. Additionally, LCCC Professor Marilyn Valentino and Assistant Professor Sharon Van Houte will be spending the upcoming summer at Changsha University teaching American literature and culture courses. The first instructor from Changsha University arrived at LCCC in February and is giving presentations on Chinese culture, economics, history and calligraphy. A second instructor from Changsha will arrive May 15 and teach courses in Chinese language, literature and culture.
This was the second visit Changsha University President Dr. Liu has made to LCCC. The intention of the visit was to explore the possibility of expanding the educational partnership by developing joint degree programs.
Changsha University, located in northeast Changsha – the capital of Hunan – is a full-time school run by the Changsha Municipal Government. It consists of two campuses: the North Campus near the Liuyang River and the South Campus near the Xiangjiang River. The university has 10 academic departments, two sections and six research institutes. The academic departments consist of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Mathematics and Information Science, Applied Physics and Electronic Technology, Applied Chemistry and Environmental Science, Humanities, Economics and Administration, Art, Foreign Languages and Politics and Law. In addition to their studies, students’ lives are enriched by 20 cultural, scientific and athletic clubs and organizations.
Changsha promotes international exchanges and has established exchange programs with more than 10 international colleges and universities.
LCCC is one of the top 15 fastest-growing community colleges in the U.S. serving more than 10,000 students each semester at the associate-degree level and another 3,000 at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. LCCC features 37 associate’s degrees and through its unique University Partnership program 28 bachelor’s and 11 master’s degrees. LCCC is also home to the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise, an Edison Technology Incubator, which provides incubation and development services for businesses at the start-up or expansion stage.