ASU signs historic agreement with China's Yangzhou University | News
Alabama State University continues to broaden its global initiatives and has signed an educational agreement with Yangzhou University in China.
Under the agreement, faculty and staff from ASU will travel to China to study and conduct research, while Yangzhou University’s faculty and staff will spend time at ASU.
A delegation from China traveled to ASU, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Friday, Dec.14, by Dr. Sharron Herron-Williams, ASU’s interim associate provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and by Dr. Xinan Jao, president of Yangzhou University.
Herron-Williams said ASU has positioned itself throughout the world to be a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) technologies, and this partnership will broaden the exchange of students and faculty.
“We have some active research already being engaged in a partnership with (Yangzhou University) by faculty at ASU and faculty at Yangzhou. I believe that the extension of this partnership is going to provide some positive results in the STEM fields, especially NanoBiotechnology,” Herron-Williams said.
Jao said he wanted to collaborate with ASU because of the research being done at the University and because of the benefits the partnership will offer to students at both colleges.
“ASU is a pioneer in the NanoBiotechnology field. It’s also very important to build a bridge between the two institutions for our young people so that they can work together, study together and learn to understand each other. There are also business collaborations between our province and the State of Alabama, so it’s very good for us to collaborate,” Jao said.
Following the MOU signing, Herron-Williams and Jao exchanged gifts from their respective universities.
Dr. Shree Singh, director of ASU’s NanoBiotechnology Center, said he’s excited about the collaboration for a number of reasons.
“This MOU is very important for our Center because our faculty and students will be exchanging ideas and it will also help take our research to the next level. It’s also important because they will gain cultural experiences as well,” Singh said.
The collaboration between the two universities began after Singh and other ASU faculty members visited China in 2008 during a trip sponsored by the governor’s office.
ASU already has educational and business agreements in several other countries, including Taiwan, United Kingdom, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Ethiopia, South Korea, India and others.
Source: ASU Office of Media Relations & Public Information