Fifth commencement set for People’s Republic of China

Posted: Monday, 16 June 2008

TROY – Troy University officials will travel to the People’s Republic of China to conduct the fifth commencement ceremonies for the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual-Degree Program.

The ceremonies, scheduled for June 24 at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, will boast 47 graduates including 39 bachelor degrees and eight graduate. The 1-2-1 program allows Chinese students the opportunity to begin university studies at their home institution, transfer to the Troy Campus for two years and return to China to complete a final year of studies. Upon completion, the students receive both a degree from TROY and their home institution. Some return to TROY for graduate school.

TROY pioneered the program, which has become a model for international educational exchanges through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Among those from TROY attending the commencement and seminars are Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Dr. Curt Porter, associate vice chancellor of international programs and Dr. Darlene Schmurr-Stewart, dean of international student services.

“Troy University is proud to have created a program that has grown to include more than 50 universities in China and the United States,” Dr. Porter said. “Literally, the 1-2-1 program brings hundreds of new students to the United States each year.”

This year’s graduating class represents partnerships with 14 universities in the People’s Republic of China including Yunnan University, Soochow University, Hubei University, Nanjing Normal University, Xi’an University of Science & Technology, Xihua University, Xi’an Shiyou University, Gansu Agricultural University, Shenyang University, Beihua University, North China Institute of Water Conservancy & Hydroelectric Power, East China Jiaotong University, North University of China, and Liaoning Shihua University.

Commencement isn’t the sole reason behind the University’s trip, however. TROY will take part in The Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual-Degree Program Annual Conference, a number of other conferences aimed at improving higher education partnerships between American and Chinese universities. The seminars bring TROY together with other American universities, Chinese universities, various accreditation agencies both U.S. and China based, representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. will begin his tour in China in Inner Mongolia, meeting with representatives of Inner Mongolia University to discuss partnership opportunities. Before returning to Alabama, Dr. Hawkins will also pay a similar visit to Qingdao University.