TROY—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will represent American universities during a 10th anniversary celebration of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, June 22.
“I believe the partnership that has resulted from the 1-2-1 program has facilitated an understanding among the world’s people – particularly those in China and the United States. It’s through understanding that appreciation develops,” said Dr. Hawkins, who will deliver the celebration’s keynote address.
The 1-2-1 program allows Chinese students at partner institutions to start their degree program, transfer to TROY for two years and then return to their home institutions to complete their degree requirements. At the conclusion of the program, the students receive a diploma from both the home institution and TROY.
Since the program’s inception in 2000 with five universities in the People’s Republic of China, 328 students have participated with 205 graduates to date. The program has expanded to include some 61 Chinese universities. In 2004, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities joined the partnership with TROY and the China Center for International Education Exchange and used it as a model for other AASCU schools. Currently, TROY has 72 1-2-1 students in residency and 30 students in their final year of study.
The program will have its sixth commencement on June 23. In addition to the celebration and commencement ceremonies, the presidents of the nearly 100 universities involved in 1-2-1 will participate in a roundtable focusing on the internationalization of higher education, along with representatives from China’s Ministry of Education and U.S. Dept. of Education.
Joining the University’s official delegation will be the TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble, which will perform at the celebration and at other venues in China, and a study abroad student group.
Already under way is a tour of China for Alabama economic developers, business and civic leaders hosted by the Confucius Institute at Troy University and the Center for International Business and Economic Development.
Actualities of Chancellor Hawkins are available at troy.edu/news/radios/index.html. The first four actualities pertain to this release.