TROY—Twenty-four Troy University students will receive diplomas next week at a ceremony more than 7,000 miles away from Alabama.
The students compose the eighth graduating class of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program, a consortium of American and Chinese universities, operating under the auspices of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). TROY was the first U.S. university to participate in the program, with the first class of students arriving in fall 2001.
The 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.
The 2011 ceremony is scheduled for June 22 at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Twenty-three students from TROY will receive bachelor's degrees and one will receive a master's degree.
"Troy University is the American home of the 1-2-1 program and it has been one of our most successful international initiatives, with 363 students coming to TROY from China since 2001," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "The program also created additional opportunities for Troy University in China."
Ingram added that this year's ceremony will bring the total number of TROY 1-2-1 graduates to 249 since the program's inception.
In addition to the commencement ceremony, a three-day conference of representatives from U.S. and Chinese universities is scheduled. Dr. Curt Porter, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, and Debbie Davis, Coordinator, Special International Initiatives, will represent Troy University at the ceremony.