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THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018
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BERKELEY COLLEGE EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH THROUGH
Westchester County Executive George Latimer and
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The collaboration between Berkeley College and Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China continues to grow. On January 10, 2018, 68 students from China arrived at the White Plains, NY, campus, to study at Berkeley College. The GUFE students will reside in student housing at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, where they will earn credits toward their Bachelor’s degrees in business disciplines. Westchester Community College will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to students from China who require ESL instruction.
The GUFE students were welcomed at the Berkeley College campus by a delegation of GUFE officials from China, the presidents of Berkeley College and Westchester Community College, and leaders of government and higher education in Westchester County.
During the welcome ceremony, Berkeley College and GUFE announced the expansion of the program with Westchester Community College as part of a multi-year partnership with GUFE. “We are building a bridge between China and America. By being here you are making yourself a world citizen,” Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, told the students from China. “We are going to challenge you. You are going to work hard, you are going to learn, and you are going to grow.”
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“This dynamic collaboration between GUFE and Berkeley College has provided an opportunity for Westchester Community College to create two great things for Westchester County – partnerships and pathways,” said Belinda S. Miles, EdD, President of Westchester Community College. “We are proud to participate in this Global Educational Collaborative and to provide a pathway to higher learning.”
Photo Captions A and B: (Top) Students from Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China are welcomed to Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, on January 10, 2018, by a delegation of GUFE officials from China, the presidents of Berkeley College and Westchester Community College, and leaders of government and higher education in Westchester County. (Above) Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, addresses students and officials from Westchester County and China about the Global Educational Collaborative between Berkeley College, GUFE and Westchester Community College.
“We welcome you to Westchester County,” George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, told the students. “We hope that you will make friends that will last a lifetime. The bonds of friendship and education will bring us much closer together.”
“I appreciate Berkeley College’s support of GUFE. I hope we can expand our partnership and that we can make progress together,” said Song Zhao, Vice President and Party Secretary at GUFE, assigned by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. “To our students, we hope you can treasure this opportunity to study hard and build a positive presence here.” Mr. Zhao is part of a six-member delegation from China that visited Berkeley College and Westchester Community College in anticipation of the students’ arrival. The delegation also visited the Berkeley College campus in White Plains, NY, and the Westchester Community College campus.
“On behalf of the people of our city, we welcome you warmly to White Plains,” said Thomas Roach, Mayor of White Plains. “We hope you eventually view White Plains as your second home.”
Ben Boykin, Chairman, Westchester County Board of Legislators, invited the students to learn about the legislature. “This is an opportunity to see how county government works,” he said. “Welcome, and enjoy this educational experience.”
Photo Captions C and D: (Left) Song Zhao, Vice President and Party Secretary at GUFE, assigned by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China addresses students and officials from Westchester County and China on January 10, 2018, at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, about the Global Educational Collaborative between Berkeley College, GUFE and Westchester Community College. (Right) Pictured from left to right are Thomas Roach, Mayor of White Plains; Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; Ben Boykin, Chairman, Westchester County Board of Legislators; Belinda S. Miles, EdD, President of Westchester Community College; and Mr. Zhao.
Berkeley College established the Global Educational Collaborative following several years of negotiations with GUFE. The Global Educational Collaborative Program at GUFE gives students from China the opportunity to earn their Associate’s degree at GUFE and complete their Bachelor’s degree at Berkeley College. To facilitate the process, Berkeley College faculty also teach courses at GUFE each semester to familiarize Chinese students with American pedagogical methods. In addition, GUFE students have participated in summer programs at the Berkeley College White Plains campus that focused on American culture and business.
The collaboration also includes a faculty education element. This past summer, Berkeley College professors instructed faculty members from GUFE in teaching methods and practices at Berkeley College campuses. Visiting GUFE faculty participated in workshops focusing on instructional design, cultivation of student-centered teaching discipline, course design and development, and strategies for transcending language and cultural differences.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
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