UNBC Inks Agreement on International Degree Program

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Monday, November 07, 2011 01:08 PM

Dr. George Iwama and Dr. Xue Wei  sign agreement  ( photo courtesy UNBC)

Prince George, B.C.- UNBC President Dr. George Iwama has signed a letter of intent with Dr. Xue Wei, Vice-President International of Wenzhou University  which  creates a partnership for an international degree program in Environmental Science and Engineering, starting  September 2012.

“This is our first joint international degree program at the graduate level and we hope to discuss the development of similar programs at the undergraduate level with Wenzhou University in the future,” explains Dr. Iwama. “Increased international student enrolment at UNBC will enhance the student experience and offer Canadian students the opportunity to learn about China, be informed and responsible global citizens, and become actively involved in international issues".

UNBC signed a general agreement of cooperation with Wenzhou University in August 2010.  Since then, faculty in Environmental Science and Engineering at UNBC have worked closely with their counterparts at Wenzhou University on joint research projects and collaborations in the area of soil and water pollution control and remediation of heavy metal-contaminated soil.  

Dr. Iwama and Carolyn Russell, Director of Student Success and International Operations, are in China and India for the next week with Premier Christy Clark and 250 other delegates interested in fostering and enhancing international relations in the areas of business, trade, mining, and education. The mission’s intent is to formalize the negotiations begun by B.C.’s post-secondary institutions by signing of agreements with various institutions and government partners.

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