Berkeley College Partners with University in China to Broaden Global Reach in Higher Education

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Faculty exchange in China and United States aims to increase 
understanding of effective teaching and learning methods


Photo Caption A: Yongxiang (Victory) Zhang, (left), one of six student group leaders from China, shares her group’s business idea with Shaohong Cai, President of Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE). Her team’s business proposal is to open an Italian restaurant, Cibo Delizioso, in Guiyang, China. Mr. Cai is part of a delegation of academic leaders from GUFE in China that visited Berkeley College on August 16, 2016.

The collaboration between Berkeley College and the Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China continued this summer, expanding into the area of faculty instruction. Berkeley College faculty have been instructing faculty from China on American teaching and learning methods. In the fall, several Berkeley College faculty members will travel to China to serve as visiting faculty at GUFE. With the faculty members from GUFE who visited Berkeley, the Berkeley visiting faculty will co-teach business courses in English to GUFE-Berkeley College Collaborative Programs students. The students enrolled in the GUFE-Berkeley College Collaborative Programs in China will have the opportunity to complete their degree programs at Berkeley College in the United States.

This summer also marks the second year in which a group of GUFE students are participating in the Summer Program at Berkeley College, studying Business Communication and refining their English skills at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY.

“Berkeley College recognizes the value of sharing American teaching practices from a global perspective,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “The collaboration between Berkeley College and GUFE allows students to learn in the classroom and apply what they learn in their future careers.”

Shaohong Cai, President of GUFE, met with the group of students from China who are enrolled in the Summer Program at Berkeley College, faculty and delegates from both institutions, and Berkeley College student host ambassadors during a recent visit – his first – to the United States.

“These life-changing experiences are great for you and your future,” President Cai told the students. “You are the key to cultivating competition as you gain business knowledge.  We hope you become self-learners, not only in technology, but also get to know how you learn. That is important in the international market.”

Photo Caption B: Shaohong Cai (center, wearing striped tie), President of Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China, visits Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. Academic leaders from GUFE accompanied him as he met with the students and GUFE faculty members who are on sabbatical in the United States to better understand American teaching and learning, in preparation for when Berkeley College faculty will teach GUFE students as visiting faculty in China this fall.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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