Lees-McRae College signs cooperative agreements in China

Article Published: Apr. 17 | Modified: Apr. 17
Lees-McRae College signs cooperative agreements in China

LMC president Barry Buxton signs a cooperative agreement at Langfang Oriental Institute of Technology.

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Lees-McRae College has signed cooperative agreements with four Chinese institutions.

Though still in their infancy, these relationships hold many possibilities for the expansion of Lees-McRae’s global education programs.

In March, LMC president Barry M. Buxton, vice president of academic affairs Dr. Kacy Crabtree and director of international programs Marv Williamsen traveled to China and met with university presidents, high school principals and Ministry of Education officials to discuss strategies for Chinese students to enroll at Lees-McRae.

Cooperative agreements have been signed at Langfang Foreign Language School, a residential high school; Oriental Institute of Technology, a junior/technical college; Shan Xi Lingshi High School, a residential high school of 6,000 students; and Oriental University City, a campus of seven different universities, totaling 75,000 students.

Several of these institutions are located in or near Langfang, 50 miles south of Beijing. Langfang is known to be a city on the rise, with the largest airport in the world currently under construction just outside the city and many government offices set to be moved within its borders.

As part of these relationships, Lees-McRae will be establishing a Confucian classroom on campus and has already received rare scroll artwork from Xu Zhiqiang, the general manager of Oriental University City, for display in the classroom.

This summer, Lees-McRae expects to host a delegation of businessmen from China, led by Dr. Xu Hongwei, a representative of the country’s Ministry of Education. Xu has been instrumental in the development of the college’s Chinese relationships. In addition, this summer, the college will potentially host a select group of 15 to 20 Chinese high school students for an American culture program to introduce them to the Lees-McRae campus.

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