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October 28, 2010

Vermont Schools Ink Agreement With China

A group of Vermont colleges, universities, and high schools has signed an agreement with a Chinese group to promote the schools to Chinese students seeking to study abroad, as well as opportunities for Vermonters to study there.

Last week, Education Vermont USA, Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, and North American High-Tech Center, signed an International Memorandum of Understanding at the Equatorial Hotel in Shanghai to jointly promote Sino-US cooperation and investment.

“This agreement opens the door for the parties to begin discussing and developing new mutually beneficial projects that link education to economic development in China and Vermont,” said Ali Sarafzade, Director of International Trade at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.

This event was part of the trade mission from the State of Vermont led by Governor Jim Douglas. Douglas attended the signing ceremony in support of this initiative to promote educational exchange, investment and business cooperation between China and Vermont.

“It is an honor for me to be here today to participate in this groundbreaking event,” Douglas told the participants. “I wish you well and look forward to supporting your efforts to create opportunities that benefit our respective students, states and countries.”

Education Vermont USA is a consortium of more than 20 colleges, universities and high schools from the State of Vermont. The schools are among the best in United States and offer many options for Chinese students from liberal arts to professional studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The institutions have a shared vision to promote global citizenship and sustainable economic development through international education.

The three-party Sino-US IMOU is intended to promote Vermont’s educational institutions to Chinese students interested in high quality education combined with the opportunity to live and study in a State that values environmentally sustainable economic development. The IMOU is also intended promote opportunities for students at Vermont institutions to study Chinese language, culture, business in China.

Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, a leading overseas affairs company with more than 20 years experience in overseas study and investment, will be aggressively promoting the student exchange.

North American High-Tech Center in both the United States and China can use its influence with American and Chinese industry to promote synergies between industry, academia, research and investment. It will better supplement the traditional knowledge delivery by academic institutions.

“This initiative is a truly unique partnership that promotes both inbound and outbound mobility, includes secondary and postsecondary students, private and public institutions and partners with government and business to support innovation and economic development,” said Education Vermont USA President James Cross, who is also Associate Provost for Education Abroad and Senior International Officer at Champlain College.

Chairman of Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, Mr. Jieming Wang said that the tri-party cooperation between the two countries will increase the demand for U.S. education and investment.

“We will work with our partners, making efforts to promote Vermont’s secondary and higher education,” said Ms. Ying Zhao, Education Promotion Representative from North American High-Tech Center. “Only by encouraging more students to go out and come in, becoming more aware of each other's culture, society and history, will we help students from both countries know each other better.”

The tri-party partners agreed to provide students with better services and to develop more skills for the global economy.

Education Vermont USA is a consortium of secondary and postsecondary schools, state government, and businesses committed to expanding international education collaboration that helps prepare students to become actively engaged global citizens and leaders.

Member schools are Bennington College; Burlington College; Castleton State College; Community College of Vermont; Champlain College; Green Mountain College; Johnson State College; Lyndon State College; Marlboro College; Middlebury College; New England Culinary Institute Norwich University; St. Michaels College; Sterling College; Southern Vermont College; Vermont Technical College; Vermont Law School; St. Johnsbury Academy; Lyndon Institute; Vermont Academy; The Putney School and the University of Vermont.

Source: Dept of Economic, Housing and Community Development
Last Updated at: October 28, 2010 09:20:59