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METRO STATE TO HOST DELEGATES FROM SISTER SCHOOL IN CHINA


Contact: Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or Dr. Betsy Zeller at 303-556-2989

Posted: November 27, 2007



(Denver, Colo.) — ´╗┐Metropolitan State College of Denver will host a 10-member delegation from Yunnan Radio and TV University (YNRTVU) on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two colleges since formalizing their sister-school partnership in Kunming, China this summer. Dr. Xu Bin, YNRTVU president, is leading the delegation. Translators will be available.

The City and County of Denver formed a Sister-City Alliance with Kunming in the Province of Yunnan in 1985.

Open press events will take place on Thursday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and will include presentations from Metro State President Stephen Jordan and select faculty, the reading of a proclamation from the office of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and a tour of the College. The proclamation designates November 29, 2007 as “Yunnan Radio and TV University Day.” Most events will take place at the Tivoli Student Union. For a campus map and parking please go to: http://www.mscd.edu/newsroom/directions.shtml

“The development of this exciting partnership showcases the 21st century career preparation that we have available to our students,” says Dr. Jordan, who led a team of faculty and staff to Kunming in May to develop collaborative projects with Chinese universities. “This partnership is an important step for the College as we move towards becoming the preeminent public urban baccalaureate college in the nation.”

Like Metro State, YNRTVU is considered a second-tier institution that offers both distance education and regular classrooms. The name indicates the method of course delivery, not the academic field. “This sister school relationship serves as the beginning steps of the College’s globalization initiative,” says Director of Metro State Global Initiatives, Dr. Betsy Zeller, who traveled to Kunming twice this past summer.

Three projects already are being developed under the partnership, including faculty and student exchange programs and the production of an international documentary. These programs and projects will be implemented during the 2008 summer session.

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