NMC to sign sister school agreement with Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute

TRAVERSE CITY — A delegation of six administrators from Yellow River Conservancy Technical Instutite, Kaifeng, China are visiting with administrators from Northwestern Michigan College and visiting NMC facilities, June 27 and 28.

The agenda for the two-day visit is designed to focus on giving the representatives from Yellow River experiences with NMC’s water studies and engineering technology programs, and an opportunity to visit with NMC personnel in both the admissions and international services areas.

NMC and Yellow River hope to build upon the mutual interests they agreed upon when NMC representatives visited China in March. Those interests include developing a faculty exchange program, developing short-format student exchanges, initiating joint faculty work on a water studies and engineering technology pathway, and establishing procedures for regular exchange opportunities directed at faculty and staff interested in participation in projects related to specialized areas of study.

The visit will conclude with a lunch and signing ceremony at noon, Saturday, June 28 in Founders Hall on NMC’s main campus at 1701 East Front Street in Traverse City. They will sign an agreement making them “sister schools” to facilitate communication within each organization about project and program prioritization. The language will emphasize and affirm an effort at senior levels of both organizations to promote, facilitate and seek opportunities for continuing experiences to improve understanding and collaboration.

The delegation from Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute includes Vice President Wang Weidong, as well as Zhao Zhigong, the director of the water resource department; Ye Jianhai, director, construction department; Li Xiang, officer, administration; Jiao Aiping, director, teaching affairs division, and Xu Rui, faculty, English department, who is also serving as the interpreter for the group.

They are meeting with NMC President Timothy J. Nelson, other college administrators, leadership of the college’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and the college’s engineering technology department.

Release date: June 27, 2014

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Andy Dolan, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing
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