Towson affirms its international presence with mission to Asia

University officials form agreements, strengthen partnerships during 11-day delegation

Welsh and Hickson visit Sangmyung University in South Korea.

Hickson (left) and Welsh visit with officials at Sangmyung University in Seoul, South Korea.

TOWSON, Md. (June 22, 2011)—Interim President Marcia Welsh and fellow campus officials have returned from East Asia, where they sought to strengthen and reaffirm the overseas academic programs and partnerships of Towson University.

The journey was part of Governor Martin O’Malley's 11-day mission to encourage foreign investment, stimulate economic development and strengthen commercial ties between Maryland and the continent.

Clay Hickson, executive director of TowsonGlobal, and Steven Phillips, director of the Asian Studies program at Towson, were also among the 68 people chosen to represent Maryland on the journey. Together with Welsh they visited China, South Korea and Vietnam.

“Towson is quickly developing an international reputation as an institute for teaching and educational excellence,” says Welsh. “This trip allowed us to renew longstanding agreements with our partners as well as explore and establish new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.”

Among several agreements to conduct faculty exchanges and joint research projects, Towson officials were also able to reaffirm and establish connections that included:

  • the signing of a broad agreement to provide education training programs to the Pudong Education Bureau in Shanghai;
  • a meeting with the People's Education Press on the establishment of the Institute for Chinese Learning at Towson, the first of its kind in the U.S.;
  • a visit to Shanghai Finance University to discuss its joint degree program in Risk Management and Actuarial Science;
  • and a meeting with Sangmyung University to evaluate a summer program at Towson in English language and American culture for Korean students.

To develop opportunities for TowsonGlobal Business Incubator, Hickson also met with representatives of Shanghai Juke Biotech Park; Ningxia Yinxing Energy Co., which focuses on green technologies and is exploring expansion to the U.S.; and Xin Feng Zhuoqun Technology Co. in Beijing.

With international relationships extending back to 1985, Towson has 22 active agreements for broad university-to-university exchanges, 19 agreements for study abroad students, and 19 contracts or agreements for short-term training programs worldwide.







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