A delegation of 19 higher education administrators from China visited Metropolitan State on Wednesday, July 22 to learn about academic programs and discuss possible future partnerships. The delegation was greeted by Devinder Malhotra, interim president, as well as representatives from several Metropolitan State programs.
“They were very interested in the mission and what makes Metro State different,” said Doug Knowlton, interim vice president for student academic success. “Greg Mellas did a great job of sharing a history of the university.” Particular academic programs of interest to the delegation included those related to business and computer science.
“I enjoyed speaking with colleagues from the delegation about programs in the College of Management,” said Kat Lui, College of Management dean. “It was interesting to learn about their students.”
Lui learned that for many institutions represented by the delegation, about 75 percent of students begin careers after they complete degrees while about 25 percent are interested in furthering their education. One possible partnership opportunity could involve allowing these students to continue their education here at Metropolitan State.
The next step in the process probably involves some traveling. “It is likely that MnSCU will sponsor a trip for representatives to visit China,” Knowlton said.
The delegation was in Minnesota from July 12–25 and was hosted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and American Association of State Colleges and Universities.