ORU Signs Historic Agreements with Chinese Universities

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Monday, September 11, 2017
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Tulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University (ORU) continues expanding its global influence with its first-ever agreements with two colleges in China: Zhongshan Torch Polytechnic (ZSTP) and Chongqing City Vocational College (CQCVC). Over the past week, ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson has signed agreements with the presidents of both colleges. Several representatives from both schools also joined their presidents as they met with ORU faculty.

“The articulation agreement with Zhongshan Torch Polytechnic will provide our engineering students an unprecedented opportunity to study in China,” said Dr. Wilson. “ORU is a global University and the agreement with Zhongshan and the educational exchange with Chongqing City Vocational College will allow us to continue that mission, providing our students with unique cultural and educational experiences.”

ZZhongshan Agreement SignedSTP is one of China’s top vocational schools, with more than 6,000 students. It has a strong global vision and seeks to collaborate with international schools to give its students worldwide knowledge. Through the articulation agreement, ZSTP students will have the opportunity to attend ORU as international transfer students to complete their studies and receive a Bachelor of Science and Engineering Degree in either Computer or Electronic Engineering. ZSTP will also receive ORU faculty as part of the exchange program.

“We understand each other’s mission and vision,” said ZSTP President Mr. Wang ChunXu. “We want to not only nurture students in academics but also in morals. While this first agreement is related to engineering, we believe it is the beginning of many more agreements.”

Chongqing Agreement SigningCQCVC seeks to train its 4,000 students to enter professional fields while also cultivating strong values in them. Beginning next year, ORU and CQCVC will send faculty members and students to each university for two to three weeks as part of the educational exchange programs. ORU students will have the opportunity to explore and experience China’s rich history and culture while the Chinese students will learn about American culture as well as Oklahoma’s Native American history. Faculty will have the opportunity to gain global teaching experience while also collaborating on research projects.

“We have come to ORU for cooperation and to seek mutual benefits,” said CQCVC President Mr. Jiang Hong. “The people of Chongqing are friendly and hospitable and we need to communicate with outsiders about our quest for morality, knowledge, skills and enlightenment. This is compatible with ORU’s Whole Person Education. Our goals are quite similar.”

Two videos (ORU China Engineer is the ZSTP agreement and ORU China Final is the CQCVC agreement) and several photos of each historic event are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h22hjv37cjbfo5j/AAC-RccgQ_3K7LDchXgAod70a?dl=0