SVSU Selected for Partnership Program to Enhance U.S. Relations with China

SVSU Selected for Partnership Program to Enhance U.S. Relations with China
January 14, 2011/Saginaw Valley State News

Saginaw Valley State University is one of 10 higher education institutions nationwide selected for the International Academic Partnerships Program’s 2011 China initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Through the Institute of International Education, SVSU will engage in a series of activities designed to implement and sustain partnerships in China over the next year.

“This initiative is part of our commitment to support growing educational, cultural and commercial ties with China,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU Provost.  “These relationships are critical to our nation, and invaluable to our students.”

SVSU has well-established relationships with China with more than 150 Chinese students currently enrolled.  In addition, students selected for the Roberts Fellowship and regional K-12 educators selected for the Gerstacker Fellowship – both highly competitive leadership programs – regularly travel to China as part of their experience.

China also plays an important role for leading regional companies that partner with SVSU. In November 2010, Saginaw County’s second-largest employer, Nexteer Automotive, was purchased by a Chinese company, Pacific Century Motors.  The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning each have a stated desire for employees with knowledge of China.

“SVSU looks forward to building and strengthening these relationships within our region and beyond our borders during 2011 and the years to come,” Bachand said.

The Institute for International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.  An independent, nonprofit organization, it designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators and others.  It launched the International Academic Partnerships Program in 2009 with a pilot group focused on building partnerships between the U.S. and India.  For more information, visit

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