New Chinese 2+2 program thrives at EIU
On Oct. 5, 2009, three representatives from Zhijiang College (located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China) attended an articulation agreement signing at Eastern Illinois University. The delegation from Zhijiang included college President Jianbing Ji, Xia Xai Hu, chair of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and Junhui Huang, deputy director of student affairs. While on campus, the group met with Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The idea for the agreement came from professor William Ge Jiang (a visiting professor from Zhijiang College) in 2007.
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Liu worked on details of this agreement during their visit to China in October 2008. The terms of the agreement allow students to finish two years in the industrial engineering program at Zhijiang College and then complete an additional two and a half years in Eastern’s applied engineering and technology program.
Currently, there are two students from Zhijiang at EIU. That includes Chengdong Hu, who is really enjoying his time in Charleston.
“The agreement is really great,” said Hu, “Studying abroad has been a very valuable experience in my life. It shows me a different culture, a different life style and at the end of the day, broadens my horizons. The students and professors on campus are so kind.”