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StFX deepens relationship with Changzhou University, welcomes visiting representative to campus

October 30th, 2019
Lujia Wang, manager of the Student Affairs Office at Changzhou University was at StFX for three weeks this month.

Deepening the relationship with its longstanding, international partner, Changzhou University, StFX welcomed Lujia Wang, the manager of the Student Affairs Office at the Chinese university, to campus for three weeks this month. 

While on campus, Mr. Wang got to know StFX, spoke with students, and discussed with StFX partners ways the two universities can further strengthen their formal 15-year partnership, which officially started in 2004. 

StFX currently accepts Changzhou students for the final two years of their degree – 60 credits towards earning a StFX degree. As well, through other collaborations over the years, StFX students and faculty have studied and taught at Changzhou. 

As part of the agreement, StFX welcomes a representative from Changzhou University each year. 

Mr. Wang says the visit has been very helpful. The campus itself is beautiful, with many modern technologies, and he says it is evident that professors and staff care about the students. 

Larissa Strong, StFX Director of Internationalization, says they have been talking about the transfer of credits, about further StFX faculty partnerships to Changzhou, organizing short term study trips for StFX students and about StFX’s English language preparation program. She says they’ve also discussed ways that StFX can further support the specific needs of Changzhou University students while they are here, both in the classroom and in life on campus.   

Both say the partnership is beneficial as it helps increase internationalization, helps open the world to the Chinese students, and brings another perspective to StFX. 

“Having Changzhou University students in our classroom adds diversity of perspective and thought,” Ms. Strong says. “Students understand more broadly how the world works, and how to communicate more effectively with people who are different than themselves.”

Mr. Wang says the opportunity to study at StFX helps Changzhou students for employment and future study opportunities and having StFX faculty, staff and students complete study trips in China helps the university learn more about Canadian culture and broaden their outlook on the world. 

“It’s important to StFX and we look forward to many more years of this partnership,” Ms. Strong says. 

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