Officials from Guizhou University of Finance and Economics Visit Berkeley College During Students' Summer Immersion Program

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 Officials from Guizhou University in China pose with Michael J. Smith of Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Officials from Guizhou University in China, including (left to right) Yvonne Zhang,  Executive Dean, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) International School; Chu Guangrong, Chairman of the Board, GUFE; and Zhao Pu, Director, Chairman’s Office, GUFE, brought a handmade gift from Guizhou Province in China, which they presented to Michael J. Smith (center right), President of Berkeley College, on Thursday, September 17. A group of 39 students and faculty from GUFE are at Berkeley College in White Plains, completing a 90-day business and management American cultural immersion program that is part of a collaborative agreement to educate students and train faculty from GUFE.

Officials from Guizhou University in China visited Berkeley College in White Plains, where the students from Guizhou University are participating in the American Acculturation Immersion Program, sponsored by Berkeley College. The American Acculturation Immersion Program is the result of the initial collaboration between Berkeley College and the Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE). The program includes classes in English Business Communications, visits to American historical and cultural sites, as well as several business and government institutions in Westchester and New York City. Last week the Summer Program students and their Berkeley College student ambassadors visited the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, The United Nations, and IBM in Yorktown, NY. This week they are in Washington DC.

Chu Guangrong, Chairman of the Board, GUFE, was impressed with Berkeley College and the Summer Program. “It is clear our students are learning and absorbing the local culture,” he said. “This is only the starting point of a deepened collaboration between our university and Berkeley College.”

Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, welcomed the GUFE delegation of educators at the Berkeley College campus in White Plains.

“We are experiencing what higher education can accomplish through collaboration – for our students, for our countries, and for business on a global scale,” said Mr. Smith.

The Summer Program students will conduct their final group presentations on the morning of October 13th, which will be followed by a ceremony at which they receive their certificates of completion.

About Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE)
GUFE is the only comprehensive university of finance and economics in Guizhou Province, China, encompassing both its mainstream disciplines of economics and management, and other discipline categories such as law, literature, science, engineering and education. GUFE has three campuses which house more than 25,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 postgraduate students, offering 51 bachelor’s programs; seven primary-discipline master’s programs; 48 sub-discipline master’s programs; and five professional master’s programs.

About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year.  The website address is


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